This Week at Frost - June 17, 2022

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Greetings Frost Middle School Families,

We made it! It has definitely been a year to remember. I am so proud of our students and the growth they have shown academically and in so many of the activities they are involved in. 

Thank you for all your support and for entrusting us with your students this school year!  We certainly had a few bumps along the way as students, staff, and families navigated working together again in an all in-person environment, but it was such a pleasure serving all of you this year. I am especially grateful to my amazing administrative team and instructional and operational staff for collaborating and working so hard for students and families all year. 

This will be my last newsletter for the 2021-22 school year.  Stay tuned for messages throughout the summer, and - for those returning or new to Frost - please save these important dates:

  • Wednesday, August 17th- 8th Grade Schedule Pickup
  • Thursday, August 18th, 8:30-10:30 AM - Orientation information below
  • Monday, August 22nd - First day of 2022-23 School Year
  • More information concerning New Parent and Small School Parent Meetings with Mr. Harris to come in July!!

Dates for Open House and/or Back To School Night will be announced later in the summer.  

As I reflect on this school year, I think about just how far we have come - the changes our students have gone through and the outstanding support of our Woodson pyramid families and community members. We have been able to enjoy music and theater performances, fun activities sponsored by our PTA (in person!), and so much more!

Throughout the last two years, I have been amazed time and time again by the kindness and selfless acts for others by our community. This generosity of the Frost MS community cannot be overstated, and we are so grateful! 

For our 8th grade families, we wish you all the best in high school! To our 7th grade families, we look forward to seeing you at Frost MS on Monday, August 22.

Finally, for all students and parents, don’t forget to read, enjoy the summer, and have fun!

I wish everyone a restful and relaxing summer. 

All the best and always remember….” Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle. WE are #ONEFrost!!”

HAGS!

Anthony Harris

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

June 20                       Juneteenth Holiday – School Offices Closed

July 4                           Independence Day – School Offices Closed

August 17                    8th Grade Student Schedule Pick-Up

August 18                    9:00 – 11:00am    7th Grade Orientation (Students Only)

August 18                    1:00 – 3:00pm      Frost Family Walk-Around 

August 22                    First Day of School

 

New This Week

Summer Office Hours

Our summer hours are from 9 am to 2 pm.  HOWEVER, due to the ongoing renovation, there will be periods of time when the office will not be open.  We will be responding to voicemail when possible.  You may also email Susan Morningstar at [email protected].  If you have questions about registering a student at Frost Middle School, please email Emily Cheng at [email protected].  Thank you.

 

In Other News....

 

Tutor.com – Available Summer 2022

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com during the summer of 2022.  Students are able to use Tutor.com during the summer to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools/services such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT/ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com via archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services.  Students enrolled in summer Credit Recovery Academy, Online Campus, Online Economics & Personal Finance, and TJHSST summer courses will be able to access Tutor.com via their active summer course in Schoology.

Additional resources schools may use to communicate Tutor.com summer access to students/families are provided in the Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services Employee Hub Site to include a Summer Access Flyer that could be shared with students/families.

Detailed information, including an instructional video, on how use Tutor.com is at this link:

https://www.fcps.edu/node/45565

 

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year. 

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 22-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Summer Meal Service

No-cost summer meals will be served at all FCPS summer school locations this year. Please visit our website for updated information during the summer. 

 

2022-2023 School Year Starts August 22

With the school year winding down and many families making plans for summer camps, vacations, and other activities, be sure to note that the first day of school for the 2022-23 school year will be Monday, August 22. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

 

Student Intentions for Next School Year

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 [email protected].

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

 Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 (in-person) - This course is for FCPS students who have taken Algebra 1 and have been unsuccessful in earning credit.  Students cannot take the in-person Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 course if they have already passed Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1, or for new course credit.

 

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Frost PTA: June 6 - 10, 2022

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THANK YOU FROST MIDDLE SCHOOL, from PTA President Allison Pugsley

As we celebrate the end of the 2021-2022 school year and prepare for summer, on behalf of the PTA, I want to thank the entire Frost community for a great year. Thank you to the executive board and all our Committee Chairs who stepped up to plan great events for our staff, students, and families. Thank you also to all the families who volunteered throughout the year and attended PTA meetings and events. And a special thank you to all the teachers, administration, and staff for all their hard work and dedication this year!

GOOD LUCK & BEST WISHES

Best of luck to the 8th graders as they move on to high school at Woodson and elsewhere. Transitions come with a mix of emotions, but you will continue to thrive along your educational journey. For all those not returning to Frost next school year, we wish you well on your next life adventure. And to EVERYONE . . . we wish you a happy summer filled with rest, relaxation & fun times spent with friends and family!

 

SEVERAL IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS:

PTA Board & Committee Chairs for Next Year:

Congratulations & thank you again to the 2022-2023 PTA Board!

President: Chris Lieu

Vice President: Tharini Sathiamoorthy

Treasurer: Elizabeth Holmquist

Secretary: Caren Lee

With many of our volunteers moving to Woodson, there are many Committee Chair openings for next year. These positions are a fun, focused way to get involved at Frost with event/date-specific time commitments. If you would like to get involved but your schedule is limited, one of these positions might be perfect for you. If interested, please get in touch at: [email protected] or [email protected]. The available positions are: Spiritwear, Membership/Student Directory, Hospitality/Staff Appreciation, News You Choose, Restaurant Nights, Reflections, Read-A-Thon, Book Fair, Frost Family Festival, & 8th Grade Celebration.

8th Grade Celebration T-shirts: With all the excitement during the 8th grade celebration Friday evening, a box of t-shirts was not distributed. If your student attended and did not get a t-shirt, we have 2 large, 18 medium, and 24 small shirts available for porch pick-up at: 5013 Mignonette Court, Annandale. First come, first served, while supplies last.

Receipts: If you were a Committee Chair or were part of a planning committee and need to be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses, please contact our treasurer, David Lee at [email protected] this week. 

FREE - 8th Grade Yard Signs:

Ten remaining 8th grade yard signs available FREE for garage pick at 8305 Five Gates Road while supplies last.

HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE!!

 

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This Week at Frost - June 3, 2022

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This Week at Frost

Many congratulations to our librarians, Danielle Powers and Dawn Alexander who were awarded the Middle School Libraries Transform Award!  They have been recognized as a team who have transformed the lives of their students and community through the learning, curiosity, collaboration, and discovery that they inspire.  Danielle and Dawn were selected by their peers in Library Information Services for this prestigious award.  We are thrilled that their outstanding work at Frost MS has been recognized and rewarded!

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

June 3                         8th Grade Celebration

June 10                       Last Day of School – Two-Hour Early Dismissal

 August 22                   First Day of School

 

New This Week

 

Come join the fun for the last Spirit Week of this year! 

 

 

Student Laptop Collection

7th grade students will keep their FCPS laptops over the summer. 8th grade student laptops and chargers will be collected during PE classes on June 8 and 9. We are still in need of parent volunteers to help this process go smoothly. Please consider volunteering here: https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=9040b49a9a623a4f85-frost5&view=standard

If a 7th grade student is moving and will not be attending Frost for the 2022-23 school year, please have them schedule an appointment for technology drop off using the Student Tech Support Request form here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/student/ also found on their laptop desktops.

If an 8th grade student is attending a FCPS summer learning program, they will keep their Frost laptop until the program is over in July.

To prepare for laptop collection all students are to remove stickers, web camera covers, magnets or any other items stuck to laptop and wipe down entire laptop with disinfectant wipes while the laptop is off.

Students keep laptop sleeves.

If a student has lost their charger, they will be charged $23. Laptops not returned result in a replacement charge of $472. All charges can be paid through MySchoolBucks. (https://www.myschoolbucks.com/)

 

 

 

Tutor.com – Available Summer 2022

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com during the summer of 2022.  Students are able to use Tutor.com during the summer to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools/services such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT/ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com via archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services.  Students enrolled in summer Credit Recovery Academy, Online Campus, Online Economics & Personal Finance, and TJHSST summer courses will be able to access Tutor.com via their active summer course in Schoology.

Additional resources schools may use to communicate Tutor.com summer access to students/families are provided in the Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services Employee Hub Site to include a Summer Access Flyer that could be shared with students/families.

Detailed information, including an instructional video, on how use Tutor.com is at this link:

https://www.fcps.edu/node/45565

 

FCPS’ Family Return to School Survey is Coming Soon

FCPS is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the 2021-22 school year has gone for students. You will have an opportunity to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey which will open Tuesday, May 31. Parents and caregivers will receive an email with the survey link.

The survey is being administered by the FCPS Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which provides objective research and data-based information back to the school division’s leadership. The survey is part of the office’s continuing evaluation of the pandemic’s impact on our school division. 

We encourage all FCPS parents/caregivers to respond to the survey and share their experiences whether positive or negative. The information you and other families provide will be used, along with other data, to inform FCPS leadership about the return to five days a week of in-person instruction, and support FCPS’ efforts to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. It will also be included in ESSER III reporting.

 

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year. 

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 22-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Summer Meal Service

No-cost summer meals will be served at all FCPS summer school locations this year. Please visit our website for updated information during the summer. 

 

2022-2023 School Year Starts August 22

With the school year winding down and many families making plans for summer camps, vacations, and other activities, be sure to note that the first day of school for the 2022-23 school year will be Monday, August 22. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

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Student Intentions for Next School Year

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 [email protected].

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

 

Opportunity to Expunge High School Classes and Algebra Summer Learning Opportunities

Students enrolled in high school classes (Algebra, Geometry, World Language level 1 or 1B) in Middle School have the opportunity to expunge or remove the class from a student’s transcript.   Information regarding that process can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary/taking-high-school-courses-in-middle-school.  If a student would like to expunge the course from his or her transcript, this form needs to be returned to the school counselor before the end of the first quarter of the 22-23 school year.  The student then has the opportunity to retake it in the 22-23 school year or over the summer, depending on readiness. 

 Summer course registration information can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/online-programs.  There is a change for those students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 this year and wish to retake the course over the summer.  These students are able to enroll in either Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 or Credit Recovery.  Further details are on the website above.

  • Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 (new option) is for current middle school students who want to improve their understanding of course content.  Middle school students may use this summer online course to replace their expunged  2021-22 school-year grade.  Students will complete the appropriate SOL test at the end of the course if needed (if not already passed during the school year). No honors credit will be awarded. The course will run June 21 to July 22, and students will meet with their instructors, virtually, for one hour each day.
  • Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 (in-person) - This course is for FCPS students who have taken Algebra 1 and have been unsuccessful in earning credit.  Students cannot take the in-person Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 course if they have already passed Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1, or for new course credit.

 

Do Your Part:  Stay Home When Sick

FCPS has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases recently as the county has transitioned to the medium community level. Schools continue to apply layered prevention strategies to maintain a healthy work and learning environment. However, each of us has a responsibility to do our part to help keep ourselves, our students, and our colleagues safe. As we enter the final weeks of the school year, we must stay vigilant so we can all enjoy the events and milestones ahead and be ready for a relaxing and healthy summer.

Easy ways to “Do Your Part” include: staying up to date on vaccinations and boosters, considering when and where to choose to mask up, practicing good hygiene, and monitoring symptoms daily. 

It is increasingly important to stay home if you feel unwell and testing is a critical strategy to slow transmission. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for information about COVID testing and testing sites. At-home testing is also a good option. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a third round of free at-home COVID tests; visit COVID.gov for details.

 

Preparing for a Military Move? What Every Military Family Needs to Know

FCPS is hosting a new, free webinar for military families on Friday, June 3 from 10:00-11:30 am.

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant tips and strategies for managing new challenges.

  • Registration and withdrawal process
  • How to use the Education Binder
  • Why goodbyes are important
  • Resources within FCPS for military families

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our fourth of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families

June 3, 2022 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

Attend free family and educator webinars to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Find out more through the Parent Resource Center.

 

Woodson HS Dance Team Tryouts

Attention 8th graders!!! Interested in being on the Dance Team at Woodson next year? Tryouts for the Dance Team are next week! Check out the info below and email Coach Schnebel with any questions at [email protected].

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8th Grade Celebration Tonight!

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The day we've all been waiting for has arrived! 
  • The 8th grade celebration will be held this evening from 6:30-8:30 at Frost Middle School. 
  • Drop-off will be at Door 1 - kids will check-in and get their t-shirt (first 300 tickets purchased on-line).
  • Snacks and drinks will be in the cafeteria with music and mini-golf in the gyms.
  • Please be sure to pick up your student no later than 8:30 (and we wouldn't mind some help cleaning up!). 

Also, this evening is the last chance to pick up pre-paid 8th grade yard signs.

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Lost and Found Pick Up Next Monday, June 6

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We have a large number of sweatshirts, coats, and water bottles in our lost and found.  Families are invited to come by Frost on Monday, June 6, between the hours of 8:00 and 10:00am and 2:30 and 3:30pm to look through items.

Students will have the same opportunity during Monday and Tuesday lunches.

All items will be either donated or thrown away on Tuesday afternoon. 

If you have questions, please email Susan Morningstar at  [email protected] 

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Frost PTA News - May 23 -27, 2022

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8th GRADE CELEBRATION DETAILS:

Only 3 days until the 8th Grade End of Middle School Celebration on Friday, June 3rd, 6:30-8:30PM @ Frost Middle School. Thank you to all that have already signed up to help - we only have a few more Volunteer needs left. We also added more t-shirts to our order so now the first 250 get t-shirts. Buy TICKETS now. Cash donations have been so generous that we will no longer be asking for donated goods. Thank you, thank you to everyone for helping to ensure the success of this celebration (after 3 long years of no 8th grade celebration). Contact Jane Sibley Frantz with any questions.

 

8th GRADE LAWN SIGNS:

Only 11 signs left so place your YARD SIGN order today! If you missed the first 3 pickup options, any remaining signs can be picked up at the 8th Grade Celebration on this Friday, June 3rd, from 6:30-8:30.

 

2022-2023 FROST PTA OFFICERS & JUNE PTA MEETING:

Congratulations to our new PTA Board! Our final PTA Meeting for the school year will be Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30PM. The agenda will include introductions of the new PTA Board, provide the end of year wrap up, and solicit for chair positions.

 

President: Chris Lieu

Vice President: Tharini Sathiamoorthy

Treasurer: Elizabeth Holmquist

Secretary: Caren Lee

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Fri., June 3: 8th Grade Celebration; 6:30-8:30PM at Frost MS

Tues., June 7: PTA Meeting; 7:30PM

 

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Frost PTA - 8th Grade Yard Sign Pickup This Sunday

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8th GRADE LAWN SIGNS:

Final PRE-ORDERED Lawn Sign Pickup this Sun, May 29, from 2-4PM at Frost’s main entrance. Signs will not be available for purchase at pickup – please order, pay online and confirm payment before arrival . Less than 30 signs remain!!  Price is $10 so place your YARD SIGN order today for pick up this weekend!

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Thanks and have a great holiday weekend!

                                                 

Pam Edwards

Vice President

Frost Middle School PTA (2021-22)

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Frost PTA News: May 23 - 27, 2022

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8th GRADE LAWN SIGNS:

LOW STOCK ALERT:  We have 50 signs left for purchase! Don't miss your chance to celebrate your graduating Frost 8th Grader with an 18x18 decorative yard sign!  While supplies last, place your YARD SIGN order today! The cost is only $10! Thank you to those that picked up last weekend!  We have one FINAL pickup window this Sunday, May 29th, from 2-4pm. The pickup location will again be in front of Frost Middle School at the drive-through the bus entrance. The PTA will not be processing onsite payments so please pre-order at that link and confirm your payment before arrival! If you miss this window, the signs can be picked up at the 8th Grade Celebration on Friday, June 3rd, from 6:30-8:30.

8th GRADE CELEBRATION DETAILS:

8th Grade End of Middle School Celebration is Friday, June 3rd, 6:30-8:30PM @ Frost Middle School. We’re starting summer early with a trip to the beach! Your student(s) can come enjoy music, games, and food with their friends. They can show off their favorite beach wear - their choice of comfy, fun, or fancy (*clothing should align with FCPS dress code*). Tickets are $15 and the first 200 tickets include a t-shirt if purchased in advance. TICKETS are on sale now.

 

We need volunteers for this fun, celebratory event! 7th grade parents, it’s a chance to “pay-it-forward” and save an 8th grader the embarrassment of having their parent there!

Volunteer needs: set-up, check-in, food/drink distribution, snow-cone machine, popcorn machine, mini-golf, game room, DJ room, hall monitors, and cleanup. Donated item needs are coming soon. Cash donations are also available during ticket purchase. Contact Jane Sibley Frantz with any questions.

 

2022-2023 FROST PTA OFFICERS & JUNE PTA MEETING:

Congratulations to our new PTA Board! Our final PTA Meeting for the school year will be Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30PM. The agenda will include introductions of the new PTA Board, provide the end of year wrap up, and solicit for chair positions.

 

President: Chris Lieu

Vice President: Tharini Sathiamoorthy

Treasurer: Elizabeth Holmquist

Secretary: Caren Lee

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Fri., June 3: 8th Grade Celebration; 6:30-8:30PM at Frost MS

Tues., June 7: PTA Meeting; 7:30PM

 

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This Week at Frost

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This Week at Frost

Greetings Frost MS,

I understand we have 14 school days until the end of the year, but who’s counting! We had a great week of learning this week! We also had a great week of testing! The students are engaged in the yearly SOL testing and, as you may expect, students are doing exceptionally well for any year, but especially after being in the pandemic for the past two and half years!

We’ve also celebrated our Science Olympiad team on the accomplishment and awards they’ve won recently. We’ve also had a couple school renovation visits over the past three weeks!

 

We are super excited about the possibilities! For example, I plan to have a makerspace in the newly built library! I would like to have every 8th grade student work on a Passion Project next year. They would use their passion in the arts, sciences, etc.., to design and create something that helps someone! In addition to the 8th grade Passion Project, I am beginning discussions with teachers about interdisciplinary projects that Math, Science, Technology and possibly art can work on together! Again, indeed an exciting time!

As we are preparing for the end of the school year, please help us by reminding students to be on their best behavior. We’d abhor having one bad decision tarnish what has been an otherwise stellar year for any student!

As you know, COVID-19 cases have been increasing in Fairfax County and in schools. Here at Frost MS, we have seen an increase in cases and continue to encourage everyone to take the steps they feel necessary to stay safe and healthy.

We have been transparent about how the pandemic is impacting Frost MS and our students all year. We will continue to share daily COVID-19 notifications whenever there is a confirmed positive case in our school. This information is provided to make our school community aware of the current situation and be able to make informed decisions about how to protect themselves. 

I appreciate the patience, support, and understanding you have shown throughout this school year as we adjust our response to the pandemic. Together, we have kept our students participating in learning and activities.

I look forward to celebrating the end of the school year with everyone.

All the best and don’t forget, “Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle.” We are #ONEFrost!

 

Anthony Harris

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

May 3 – May 24          No After School Program on Tuesdays and Fridays

May 26                        Last Day of the After School Program

May 30                        Memorial Day Holiday – School and Offices Closed

May 31                        Yearbook Distribution – 4th Period

June 3                         8th Grade Celebration

June 10                       Last Day of School – Two-Hour Early Dismissal

 

New This Week

FCPS' Family Return to School Survey Is Coming Soon

Now that FCPS has transitioned back to a more typical school experience, the school division is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the school year has gone for their students. You will have an opportunity to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey which will open Tuesday, May 31, and close Friday, June 10. 

The survey is being administered by the FCPS Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which provides objective research and data-based information back to the school division’s leadership. The survey is part of the office’s continuing evaluation of the pandemic’s impact on our school division. We encourage all FCPS parents/caregivers to respond to the survey and share their experiences whether positive or negative. The information you and other families provide will be used, along with other data, to inform FCPS leadership about the return to five days a week of in-person instruction, and support FCPS’ efforts to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. It will also be included in ESSER III reporting.

 

Annandale Summer Sports Camps

Looking for fun activities for your child this summer? Annandale High School is offering various summer sports camps for rising 2nd graders through rising 9th graders led by Annandale coaches. 

Camps run each day from 8:30am to 3:00pm. The cost of the five-day camps is only $125 (Olympics Camp is 4 days for $100). Credit cards or checks are accepted. Checks should be made out to “Annandale Athletic Boosters”. Payment is due on the first day of camp. Campers can bring their lunch or purchase lunch at camp, and they should bring a snack and a water bottle each day. 

Click HERE to register for any or all of these camps. More information can be found at AnnandaleAtoms.net. See descriptions of the various camps below. 

If you have any questions, please email John Ellenberger, Director of Student Activities, at [email protected]

 

Mental Health Acceptance Month

 May is Mental Health Acceptance Month. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on the mental health of children in Virginia as young people continue to face physical isolation, ongoing uncertainty, fear, and grief,” says the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (VA-AAP). “Even before the pandemic, mental health challenges facing children were of great concern, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated them.” 

Between March and October 2020, the percentage of emergency department visits for children with mental health emergencies rose by 24% for children ages 5-11 and 31% for children ages 12-17. There was also a more than 50% increase in suspected suicide attempt emergency department visits among girls ages 12-17 in early 2021 as compared to the same period in 2019. Read more in this news release from the VA-AAP. 

Mental wellness is key to student success and the pandemic has added to mental health challenges facing children of all ages.

 

Preparing for a Military Move? What Every Military Family Needs to Know

 

FCPS is hosting a new, free webinar for military families on Friday, June 3 from 10:00-11:30 am.

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant tips and strategies for managing new challenges.

  • Registration and withdrawal process
  • How to use the Education Binder
  • Why goodbyes are important
  • Resources within FCPS for military families

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our fourth of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families

June 3, 2022 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

Attend free family and educator webinars to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Find out more through the Parent Resource Center.

 

 

In the month of June, we recognize the valuable contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals across America, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.

  In Other News....

 

Do Your Part:  Stay Home When Sick

FCPS has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases recently as the county has transitioned to the medium community level. Schools continue to apply layered prevention strategies to maintain a healthy work and learning environment. However, each of us has a responsibility to do our part to help keep ourselves, our students, and our colleagues safe. As we enter the final weeks of the school year, we must stay vigilant so we can all enjoy the events and milestones ahead and be ready for a relaxing and healthy summer.

Easy ways to “Do Your Part” include: staying up to date on vaccinations and boosters, considering when and where to choose to mask up, practicing good hygiene, and monitoring symptoms daily. 

It is increasingly important to stay home if you feel unwell and testing is a critical strategy to slow transmission. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for information about COVID testing and testing sites. At-home testing is also a good option. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a third round of free at-home COVID tests; visit COVID.gov for details.

 

FREE Tutoring is Available Now!  How to Use FCPS Tutor!

Get expert help in a safesecure virtual learning space—anytime, anywhere, on any device. Tutors can help you with reading, math, and so much more! You can connect by voice or text-chat and work together with your tutor in our online classroom.

Detailed information, including an instructional video, on how use Tutor.com is at this link:

https://www.fcps.edu/node/45565

 

After School Program Changes

Beginning on May 3, the after-school program will not be in session on Tuesdays and Fridays.  The program will end for this school year on Thursday, May 26. 

 

Mindful May!

Welcome to Mindful May! Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention and purposefully bringing awareness to what is happening in the moment. By learning the skill of focused attention, mindfulness can be applied to the five senses as well as thoughts and emotions. Through the use of mindfulness, we learn to create space which allows us the opportunity to change impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.

 

During Advisory on 5/23/22, Falcon Focus teachers will provide lessons on breathing techniques to help students incorporate Mindfulness into daily practice. Through morning announcements on 5/23/22, students will be encouraged to take a Mindful Minute. Additionally, counselors will begin each week in May by announcing a Mindful Monday Tip to provide students with a weekly strategy to try out. Finally, each Friday we will enjoy relaxing music in the cafeteria during all lunch shifts. We hope that these activities will help students find ways to bring peace to their day throughout the month of May!

 

Important Kiss and Ride Reminder

As we continue with a strong finish for the 2022 school, we offer a IMPORTANT reminder regarding Frost MS Kiss and Ride procedures. To ensure the safety of our students, we’ve implemented a traffic plan for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.  We understand that you have pressing appointments and engagements; however, we must make certain all Frost students arrive and depart in an orderly and safe manner.  To support this it is imperative that we follow the steps below to support student safety. 

Morning arrival: 7:00 – 7:25 A.M.   School begins at 7:30 A.M.

If you choose to drive your child to school:

What you should know:

  • No traffic will be permitted past the crossing guard at the first parking lot except for buses and Frost Middle School staff.
  • Students should not be dropped off along Pickett Rd so drivers can make U-Turns. Please follow the guidance of Frost Middle School personnel.  
  • Door 5 will be open in the morning to assist with ease of entry into the building as Exit 1 will be difficult to get to because of the renovation.
  • Students should not be dropped off in the parking lot to cross over Kiss and Ride Traffic. Make sure that your child exits your car on the building side only (To include Loop in front of the Finance Park Building).
  • Drivers are to remain in the driver’s seat.
  • Do not pass other cars in line.
  • No cell phones should be in use in the Kiss and Ride lane.
  • Be mindful of your fellow motorists and pedestrians! Keep your eyes peeled and your speed down so that there are no unfortunate accidents.

What you should do:

Use the right-hand lane once on Pickett Road. Follow the traffic into the first parking lot for student drop-off and make a full circuit of the parking lot.  Please continue to pull forward as directed by the school staff members who will assist with efficient flow of traffic.

The Kiss and Ride Lane for the afternoon is different than morning arrival.  In the afternoons, parents will need to find a place to park on Pickett Rd, between 2:00 and 2:30 P.M.  Please do NOT double park but find a parking space on Pickett.  Your student will be walking out to meet you.

No traffic will be permitted into the parking lane directly in front of the building or in the parking lot on the right side of the building as this is where buses will be loading students. We highly encourage students to ride the bus due to our traffic pattern this school year. Buses will dismiss at 2:25 each day.  At that time, cars will be allowed to re-enter the parking lane at the front of the school.

Our Kiss and Ride is typically very congested, so it is important to exercise patience and awareness when traveling through our Kiss and Ride lanes. Please remember, the safety of our students is of the utmost importance. We serve over 300 families in the morning and the afternoon in our Kiss and Ride Lane.  Our staff moves cars through safely and efficiently.  It is imperative that everyone follows the procedures in order to keep our students safe. Walkers and staff members should remember to cross at the crosswalks. It is also important to note that while we are under renovation there will be increased traffic from the construction crews and supply deliveries that will be arriving in the morning. It can not be overstated. If your child is assigned a bus, they should ride the bus in the morning and the afternoon. This will alleviate traffic congestion and ensure students arrive to school on time.

 

In our continuing effort to ensure the safe arrival and departure of our students, please take note of the following items:

Free bus transportation is provided for most Frost MS families unless you have been designated as a “walker”.  Having your student use the bus helps reduce traffic congestion, especially in the morning.  Again, taking advantage of bus transportation is strongly encouraged.  Late arrival to school due to traffic is unexcused. 

 

Student Intentions for Next School Year

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 [email protected].

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

 

Opportunity to Expunge High School Classes and Algebra Summer Learning Opportunities

Students enrolled in high school classes (Algebra, Geometry, World Language level 1 or 1B) in Middle School have the opportunity to expunge or remove the class from a student’s transcript.   Information regarding that process can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary/taking-high-school-courses-in-middle-school.  If a student would like to expunge the course from his or her transcript, this form needs to be returned to the school counselor before the end of the first quarter of the 22-23 school year.  The student then has the opportunity to retake it in the 22-23 school year or over the summer, depending on readiness. 

 Summer course registration information can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/online-programs.  There is a change for those students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 this year and wish to retake the course over the summer.  These students are able to enroll in either Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 or Credit Recovery.  Further details are on the website above.

  • Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 (new option) is for current middle school students who want to improve their understanding of course content.  Middle school students may use this summer online course to replace their expunged  2021-22 school-year grade.  Students will complete the appropriate SOL test at the end of the course if needed (if not already passed during the school year). No honors credit will be awarded. The course will run June 21 to July 22, and students will meet with their instructors, virtually, for one hour each day.
  • Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 (in-person) - This course is for FCPS students who have taken Algebra 1 and have been unsuccessful in earning credit.  Students cannot take the in-person Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 course if they have already passed Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1, or for new course credit.

Summer Arts Program Registration Opens March 1

All students with an interest in continuing to explore the arts are eligible for two summer enrichment programs. Registration opens on March 1 for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. 

Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will be held July 5-29 at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Classes are offered every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees, waivers are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  

For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage

 

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Reminder - 8th Grade Yard Signs Pickup This Sunday!

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8th GRADE LAWN SIGNS:

Pre-ordered Lawn Sign Pickup: Sat, May 21 and Sun, May 22 from 2-4PM at Frost’s main entrance. Signs will not be available for purchase at pickupplease order & pay online. Quantities are limited and the price is $10 so place your YARD SIGN order today for pickup this weekend! Other pickup times are TBD for now.

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Frost PTA News May 16 - 20, 2022

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8th GRADE LAWN SIGNS:

Pre-ordered Lawn Sign Pickup: Sat, May 21 and Sun, May 22 from 2-4PM at Frost’s main entrance. Signs will not be available for purchase at pickupplease order & pay online. Quantities are limited and the price is $10 so place your YARD SIGN order today for pickup this weekend! Other pickup times are TBD for now.

 

8th GRADE CELEBRATION DETAILS:

8th Grade End of Middle School Celebration is Friday, June 3rd, 6:30-8:30PM @ Frost Middle School. We’re starting summer early with a trip to the beach! Your student(s) can come enjoy music, games, and food with their friends. They can show off their favorite beach wear - their choice of comfy, fun, or fancy (*clothing should align with FCPS dress code*). Tickets are $15 and the first 200 tickets include a t-shirt if purchased in advance. TICKETS are on sale now.

 

Volunteers will help ensure this event runs smoothly and is fun for all students.

Volunteer needs: set-up, check-in, food/drink distribution, snow-cone machine, popcorn machine, mini-golf, game room, DJ room, hall monitors, and cleanup. Donated item needs are coming soon. Cash donations are also available during ticket purchase. Contact Jane Sibley Frantz with any questions.

 

2022-2023 FROST PTA OFFICERS & JUNE PTA MEETING:

Congratulations to our new PTA Board! Our final PTA Meeting for the school year will be Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30PM. The agenda will include introductions of the new PTA Board, provide the end of year wrap up, and solicit for chair positions.

 

President: Chris Lieu

Vice President: Tharini Sathiamoorthy

Treasurer: Elizabeth Holmquist

Secretary: Caren Lee

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Fri., June 3: 8th Grade Celebration; 6:30-8:30PM at Frost MS

Tues., June 7: PTA Meeting; 7:30PM

 

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This Week at Frost - May 13, 2022

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This Week at Frost

Greetings Frost MS Community,

There is so much to talk about! There are a lot of great things happening at Frost! The students are doing well, SOL testing started this week, and lots of end of year planning is underway. I am currently working my way to most of the feeder elementary schools to welcome our incoming 7th grade students! They are a barrel of laughs, and they ask great questions!

Though the year is winding down, I had to highlight this, just in case you missed! I was thinking to myself, I wonder how many families know about the free 24/7 all day every day online tutoring service that FCPS has now!

I still can’t believe it! I thought it was worth it to really hit home this week that FCPS has FREE tutoring services for all students! One on One help for most subjects! No more excuses kids! LOL!

Although there is no substitute for the classroom teacher, this is a pretty good resource!  Talk about amazing! Look below to see how it works. You can also google FCPS Tutoring Service to go to the page directly.

All the best and have an amazing weekend!

Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen your Circle. We are #ONEFrost!

Anthony

 

How to Use FCPS Tutor!

Get expert help in a safesecure virtual learning space—anytime, anywhere, on any device. Tutors can help you with reading, math, and so much more! You can connect by voice or text-chat and work together with your tutor in our online classroom.

Step 1: Get started

Log in to your Schoology® account.

Step 2: Enter a specific course

  1. Click on the "COURSES" link in the top navigation bar in Schoology.
  2. Select the "Subject" you want to discuss with your tutor
  3. Click on Tutor.com on the left side of the screen (opens in a new window)

Step 3: Find the right tutor

Tutor.com will open in its own window. You can connect with a tutor from the main page.

Steps to find a tutor:

  1. Under the "What do you need help with today?" heading, use the dropdowns to find your tutor:
  • Language (that the tutor will communicate with)
  • Topic
  • Subject (options are based on Topic)
  • Grade level
  • Choose how you would like to communicate with your tutor
    • Chat - use the chat box to text with your tutor
    • Chat + Voice - Speak over the phone with your tutor and use chat box  
  • In the "Enter your question" textbox
    • Write what you would like to get help with.  
  • If you have a file to share with your tutor:
    • Click the "Attach File" link
    • Click the "Choose File" button
    • Select the file you want to talk about with your tutor

    Step 4: Start your session

    Click on the "CONNECT NOW" button to connect with a tutor.

    NOTE: Tutoring sessions are recorded if you need help remembering something your tutor said. You’ll also be able to email or print the text-chat and whiteboards.

    Step 5: Rate and review your session

    A survey window appears after the end of session.

    1. Fill out the radio button ratings
    2. Add any feedback in the textbox
    3. Click the "Submit" button Step 6: End your session

    Once you finish rating and reviewing your session:

    1. Click the 'Close' button of the Tutor.com window.

    Start a new session whenever you need help

    If you want to start a new session right after another session ends, follow steps 2–6 above.

    NOTE: Make sure the topic you choose is part of the course you chose in Schoology.

    Use My Account

    The My Account menu on the Tutor.com main page has several sections:

    • My Sessions - View your saved past sessions.
    • My Favorite Tutors - Add tutors to your favorites list so you can reconnect with them or see when they are next scheduled in the section.
    • My Locker - See files you have saved or shared with your tutors.
    • Sign out - Log out of Tutor.com

    Use Special Tools

    In your tutoring session there are many tools available to help you and your tutor communicate. These tools are located across the top of the session window and include:

    • Whiteboard - Use this board to draw, erase, add shapes, and change colors
    • Graphing Calculator - Use this tool when working on complex math
    • Code Editor - Use this option to work on code for computer science
    • Text Editor - A tool for editing writing

    Writing Help

    The Drop-Off Review service allows you to get help from a tutor without a live tutor.

    Click the "Submit for Review" button found on the top navigation of the Tutor home page to start the review process.

    How the Drop-Off Review Works

    1. Upload your writing homework, grammar worksheet, etc.
    2. Your tutor will send you helpful feedback within 12 hours.
    3. You can see what your tutor said in My Sessions.

    Practice Quizzes

    Practice quizzes are available to help you get ready for Math, Science, and English tests. 

    Click the "Take a practice quiz" button on the top navigation of the Tutor home page.

    Practice Quiz Steps

    1. Take a quiz in the subject of your choice.
    2. View your score.
    3. Review the questions you answered correctly.
    4. Connect with a tutor about anything you missed.

    The Princeton Review® is not affiliated with Princeton University.

     

    Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

    May 3 – May 24          No After School Program on Tuesdays and Fridays

    May 17                        7th and 8th Grade Reading

    May 19                        7th and 8th Grade Math (including Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2)

    May 26                        Last Day of the After School Program

    May 30                        Memorial Day Holiday

    May 31                        Yearbook Distribution – 4th Period

    June 3                         8th Grade Celebration

    June 10                       Last Day of School

     

    New This Week

    Welcome to our new Frost MS PTA Executive Board

    We are very excited to announce that at our May PTA meeting a new board was elected! Please take a look at the new members and extend a hearty congratulations if you see them:

    • President, Chris Lieu
    • Vice President, Tharini Sathiamoorthy
    • Secretary, Caren Lee
    • Treasurer, Elizabeth Holmquist

     

    MathCounts National Competition Winners from Frost Middle School!

    So many congratulations to Calvin W. (8th grade) and Patrick D. (7th grade), who represented the Commonwealth of Virginia in the MathCounts National Competition.  Out of over 200 mathletes from across the county, Patrick placed 44th and Calvin placed SECOND!  Both mathletes placed in the top 25 percent of competitors from the Fairfax Chapter earlier this year and advanced to the state competition.  They then placed in the top four in Virginia!  Please join us in congratulation these students and their huge accomplishment!

     

     

    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.

     

     

    Jewish American Heritage Month

    May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.

     

    May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

    Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members (speech/language pathologists & audiologists) in providing life-altering treatment.

    For 2022, our theme is “Connecting People.”

     

    Multilingual Parent Podcasts:  Preparing for SOLs

     

    In this episode, we explain the Virginia Standard of Learning tests (SOLs) and how parents might help their child prior to the tests. The SOLs are administered in FCPS in May.

    Many answers to frequently asked questions about the SOLs are available online

    Listen and subscribe:

     

    Register for Dr. Reid’s Virtual Town Hall (May 17)

    Dr. Reid will host a multilingual virtual town hall on Tuesday, May 17. Share the registration information with families and staff:

    On Tuesday, May 17, incoming superintendent Michelle Reid, Ed.D. will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall, from 7 to 8 p.m. Register online.

    Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1. Stay informed about community engagement opportunities by visiting our website. 

    Spanish:

    El martes, 17 de mayo, la superintendente entrante Michelle Reid, Ed.D. se unirá al personal, las familias y los estudiantes para un ayuntamiento virtual multilingüe, de 7 a 8 p.m.  Regístrese en línea.

    La Dra. Reid organizará sesiones de participación adicionales en todo el condado después de su fecha de inicio oficial el 1 de julio. Manténgase informado sobre las oportunidades de participación comunitaria visitando nuestro sitio web.

     

    Spring Health and Safety

    Fairfax County has transitioned to medium community level and COVID-19 cases and outbreaks are increasing in schools, especially elementary schools. Please remind families, staff, and students that we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves from illness and reduce the spread of illness in our schools. 

    Refer to the Spring Health and Safety Updates talking points to answer questions or provide information.

    Included in the talking points is the following draft letter you may use in newsletters or to respond to concerned families or staff:

    FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and we understand families and staff have concerns and questions. Our commitment is to provide students with the education and support to help them succeed while maintaining a safe environment for in-person learning. 

    Our layered prevention strategies have served us well throughout this school year, and are fully supported by the U.S. Department of Education and Northern Virginia Health Departments. 

    Vaccinations are available for school-age children five and up and are proven to reduce the severity of illness. Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated or boosted.

    Currently, masks are optional for all students, staff, and visitors. We encourage families and staff to consider wearing a mask when reports of COVID cases are high or if they or a family member is at high risk. CDC advises individuals to wear a mask when there is a lot of COVID in your community. See a full list of masking recommendations on the CDC website.

    If Fairfax County transitions to high community level, FCPS will require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors (except while actively eating/drinking) on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles). 

    In alignment with the Code of Virginia, the parent/legal guardian of any child enrolled in

    an FCPS school may elect for such child to not wear a face covering while on school

    property (to include FCPS buildings). No reason or documentation will be necessary to elect for your child to not wear a mask.

    One of the most important things we can all do is check for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to stop further spread from occurring. Employees are also advised to stay home and get tested when feeling sick.

    The most up to date information is available on the Health and Safety Guidance Document webpage. If you have questions or concerns unique to your child’s situation, please contact your school. 

    Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our schools safe and healthy so all our students have the opportunity for engaging in-person learning.

     

    In Other News....

    After School Program Changes

    Beginning on May 3, the after-school program will not be in session on Tuesdays and Fridays.  The program will end for this school year on Thursday, May 26. 

     

    Mindful May!

    Welcome to Mindful May! Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention and purposefully bringing awareness to what is happening in the moment. By learning the skill of focused attention, mindfulness can be applied to the five senses as well as thoughts and emotions. Through the use of mindfulness, we learn to create space which allows us the opportunity to change impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.

     

    During Advisory on 5/02/22, 5/10/22, 5/18/22 and 5/23/22, Falcon Focus teachers will provide lessons on breathing techniques to help students incorporate Mindfulness into daily practice. Through morning announcements on 5/09/22, 5/16/22 and 5/23/22, students will be encouraged to take a Mindful Minute. Additionally, counselors will begin each week in May by announcing a Mindful Monday Tip to provide students with a weekly strategy to try out. Finally, each Friday we will enjoy relaxing music in the cafeteria during all lunch shifts. We hope that these activities will help students find ways to bring peace to their day throughout the month of May!

     Monitor COVID-19 Symptoms and Stay Home When Sick

    Fairfax County Public Schools continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently,  Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

    However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to stop further spread from occurring. 

    VaxUp

    We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine or find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

    Masking

    As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. 

    While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

    Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online

     

    Important Kiss and Ride Reminder

    As we continue with a strong finish for the 2022 school, we offer a IMPORTANT reminder regarding Frost MS Kiss and Ride procedures. To ensure the safety of our students, we’ve implemented a traffic plan for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.  We understand that you have pressing appointments and engagements; however, we must make certain all Frost students arrive and depart in an orderly and safe manner.  To support this it is imperative that we follow the steps below to support student safety. 

    Morning arrival: 7:00 – 7:25 A.M.   School begins at 7:30 A.M.

    If you choose to drive your child to school:

    What you should know:

    • No traffic will be permitted past the crossing guard at the first parking lot except for buses and Frost Middle School staff.
    • Students should not be dropped off along Pickett Rd so drivers can make U-Turns. Please follow the guidance of Frost Middle School personnel.  
    • Door 5 will be open in the morning to assist with ease of entry into the building as Exit 1 will be difficult to get to because of the renovation.
    • Students should not be dropped off in the parking lot to cross over Kiss and Ride Traffic. Make sure that your child exits your car on the building side only (To include Loop in front of the Finance Park Building).
    • Drivers are to remain in the driver’s seat.
    • Do not pass other cars in line.
    • No cell phones should be in use in the Kiss and Ride lane.
    • Be mindful of your fellow motorists and pedestrians! Keep your eyes peeled and your speed down so that there are no unfortunate accidents.

    What you should do:

    Use the right-hand lane once on Pickett Road. Follow the traffic into the first parking lot for student drop-off and make a full circuit of the parking lot.  Please continue to pull forward as directed by the school staff members who will assist with efficient flow of traffic.

    The Kiss and Ride Lane for the afternoon is different than morning arrival.  In the afternoons, parents will need to find a place to park on Pickett Rd, between 2:00 and 2:30 P.M.  Please do NOT double park but find a parking space on Pickett.  Your student will be walking out to meet you.

    No traffic will be permitted into the parking lane directly in front of the building or in the parking lot on the right side of the building as this is where buses will be loading students. We highly encourage students to ride the bus due to our traffic pattern this school year. Buses will dismiss at 2:25 each day.  At that time, cars will be allowed to re-enter the parking lane at the front of the school.

    Our Kiss and Ride is typically very congested, so it is important to exercise patience and awareness when traveling through our Kiss and Ride lanes. Please remember, the safety of our students is of the utmost importance. We serve over 300 families in the morning and the afternoon in our Kiss and Ride Lane.  Our staff moves cars through safely and efficiently.  It is imperative that everyone follows the procedures in order to keep our students safe. Walkers and staff members should remember to cross at the crosswalks. It is also important to note that while we are under renovation there will be increased traffic from the construction crews and supply deliveries that will be arriving in the morning. It can not be overstated. If your child is assigned a bus, they should ride the bus in the morning and the afternoon. This will alleviate traffic congestion and ensure students arrive to school on time.

     

    In our continuing effort to ensure the safe arrival and departure of our students, please take note of the following items:

    Free bus transportation is provided for most Frost MS families unless you have been designated as a “walker”.  Having your student use the bus helps reduce traffic congestion, especially in the morning.  Again, taking advantage of bus transportation is strongly encouraged.  Late arrival to school due to traffic is unexcused. 

     

    Free Online Tutoring Services for All Students Started April 14!

     

    All FCPS students have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost. Funds to support Tutor.com for school year 2022-23 and 2023-24 will come from an ESSER III Unfinished Learning Grant. 

    Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing student’s strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

    All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

    Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. All FCPS families will soon receive an email including an online tutoring services notice and opt-out information. Additionally, a hard copy form will be sent home with every student. 

    For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website

     

    Student Intentions for Next School Year

    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 [email protected].

    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

     

    ESSER at Frost

    The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) is a federal grant which requires that spending be used in specific areas.  Part of the Fairfax County Public Schools spending plan identifies funding to be used for Unfinished Learning and Student Academic and Social, Emotional, Mental Health (Wellness) Needs.  Schools have been given funding allocations to support the academic and wellness needs of students.  Schools are required to create plans in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Wellness highlighting the strategies they will use to support these areas using their ESSER III funding.  These strategies are shown on the following website: https://frostms.fcps.edu/about/school-improvement-plan

     

     

    Opportunity to Expunge High School Classes and Algebra Summer Learning Opportunities

     

    Students enrolled in high school classes (Algebra, Geometry, World Language level 1 or 1B) in Middle School have the opportunity to expunge or remove the class from a student’s transcript.   Information regarding that process can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary/taking-high-school-courses-in-middle-school.  If a student would like to expunge the course from his or her transcript, this form needs to be returned to the school counselor before the end of the first quarter of the 22-23 school year.  The student then has the opportunity to retake it in the 22-23 school year or over the summer, depending on readiness. 

     

    Summer course registration information can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/online-programs.  There is a change for those students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 this year and wish to retake the course over the summer.  These students are able to enroll in either Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 or Credit Recovery.  Further details are on the website above.

    • Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 (new option) is for current middle school students who want to improve their understanding of course content.  Middle school students may use this summer online course to replace their expunged  2021-22 school-year grade.  Students will complete the appropriate SOL test at the end of the course if needed (if not already passed during the school year). No honors credit will be awarded. The course will run June 21 to July 22, and students will meet with their instructors, virtually, for one hour each day.
    • Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 (in-person) - This course is for FCPS students who have taken Algebra 1 and have been unsuccessful in earning credit.  Students cannot take the in-person Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 course if they have already passed Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1, or for new course credit.

    Summer Arts Program Registration Opens March 1

    All students with an interest in continuing to explore the arts are eligible for two summer enrichment programs. Registration opens on March 1 for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. 

    Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will be held July 5-29 at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    Classes are offered every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees, waivers are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  

    For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage

     

    CTE Summer Academy

    The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 7th to 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.

    2022 CTE SUMMER ENRICHMENT

    CTE Summer Academy

    What is CTE Summer Academy?

    A weekly enrichment program that allows students to dive deeper into CTE program areas and encourages skill development and career exploration.

    Students choose 4 classes and learn new content, discover interests, and build their skills.

    Details

    Eligibility: Current 7 to 11 graders

    Time - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm* *Early drop off is available!

    Location - To Be Determined

    Transportation from select FCPS schools is provided!

    Cost - $275 per week

    Dates -

    Week 1: July 11 - 15

    Week 2: July 18 - 22

    Week 3: July 25 - 29

    Class Options

    Students will choose four (4) classes each week to build their own specialized summer learning program. Courses are available in all CTE program areas: Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical, Marketing, Technology and Engineering, and Trade and Industrial.

    For the list of classes and schedule being offered, please visit our website!

    How to Register

    Registration is open from January 31 to June 10, 2022.

    Students can register online by visiting the CTE Summer Academy website and clicking on the register button.

    Additional Information

    Visit bit.ly/FCPS_CSA for more information!

    For questions, please contact Beth Mehr, CTE Summer Enrichment Specialist, at [email protected]

     

     

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    Frost PTA News: May 9 - 13, 2022

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    Frost PTA News: May 9-13, 2022

    8th GRADE LAWN SIGNS:

    Celebrate your graduating Frost 8th grader with an 18x18 decorative yard sign! Quantities are limited and the price is $10 so place your YARD SIGN order today. Pickup details coming soon.

    Frost MS - 2022 Yard Signs.pdf

    8th GRADE CELEBRATION is BACK!

    8th Grade End of Middle School Celebration is Friday, June 3rd, 6:30-8:30PM @ Frost Middle School. We’re starting summer early with a trip to the beach! Your student(s) can come enjoy music, games, and food with their friends. They can show off their favorite beach wear - their choice of comfy, fun, or fancy (*clothing should align with FCPS dress code*). Tickets will be $15 and include a t-shirt if purchased in advance. Tickets will be available through the PTA’s store on PTBoard soon! Reach out to Jane Sibley Frantz if you would like to help.

     

    TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK – A HUGE SUCCESS!

    Our Frost families were so generous and really came through last week! Our teachers and staff appreciated everything so much! THANK YOU THANK YOU for helping make last week a huge success.

     

    2022-2023 FROST PTA OFFICERS & JUNE PTA MEETING:

    Congratulations to our new PTA Board! Our final PTA Meeting for the school year will be Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30PM. The agenda will include introductions of the new PTA Board, provide the end of year wrap up, and solicit for chair positions.

     

    President: Chris Lieu

    Vice President: Tharini Sathiamoorthy

    Treasurer: Elizabeth Holmquist

    Secretary: Caren Lee

     

    FROST FALCON LANYARDS!

    Please visit Frost Spirit Items - Magnets & Lanyards to place your order for our new Spirit item! While you are there don't forget to pick up your FROST CAR MAGNET!  We are so excited to offer these magnets to our Frost families to display their Frost Pride at home and on the road. GO Falcons!

     

    UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

    Fri., June 3: 8th Grade Celebration; 6:30-8:30PM at Frost MS

    Tues., June 7: PTA Meeting; 7:30PM

     

    FOLLOW US and SUPPORT our Wonderful School!

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    This Week at Frost - May 6, 2022

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    This Week at Frost

    Greetings Frost Middle School!

    We started the month of May by expressing our endless gratitude for our teachers.  There will never be enough thank you’s for all that teachers do on a daily basis here at Frost Middle School. While we know that teachers should be celebrated more than just one week a year, we hope that this week they felt valued and appreciated.  We could not have pulled off this amazing week for our teachers without the support from the parents/guardians and the community.  We are extremely fortunate and thankful for all the donations that were provided to make this week a success.

    As we continue with the month of May, let’s remember that May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  After the last two years of pandemic living, many of us have realized that stress, isolation, and uncertainty can take a toll on our well-being. We hope that some of the mindfulness strategies that our students are learning this month might bring a little peace and calmness to their days.

    Looking towards next week! Progress reports will be emailed on Wednesday, May 11th.  On Thursday, May 12th we will be following a different bell schedule to accommodate our 8th grade students taking the Science SOL.  During this testing time, our 7th grade students will be participating in math and literacy review in Falcon Focus classes. Please see the bell schedule below. There will be some fun for our students and staff on Friday, May 13, when they go to Busch Gardens for a musical field trip.  Finally, on Saturday, May 14th some our Theatre students will be going to the city that never sleeps for the day! 

     

    Bell Schedule for May 12th

    Period 4 - 7:30-10:33 Testing block

    Period 6 - 10:40-12:40

    Period 2 - 12:47 - 1:27

    Period 8 - 1:34 - 2:15

     

    It’s great to be a Frostie!

    Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

     

    May 3 – May 24          No After School Program on Tuesdays and Fridays

    May 12                        SOL Test - 8th Grade Science

    May 17                        7th and 8th Grade Reading

    May 19                        7th and 8th Grade Math (including Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2)

    May 26                        Last Day of the After School Program

    May 30                        Memorial Day Holiday

    May 31                        Yearbook Distribution – 4th Period

    June 3                         8th Grade Celebration

    June 10                       Last Day of School

     

    New This Week

    Monitor COVID-19 Symptoms and Stay Home When Sick

    Fairfax County Public Schools continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently,  Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

    However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to stop further spread from occurring. 

    VaxUp

    We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine or find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

    Masking

    As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. 

    While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

    Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online.

     

    In Other News....

    After School Program Changes

    Beginning on May 3, the after-school program will not be in session on Tuesdays and Fridays.  The program will end for this school year on Thursday, May 26. 

     

    Mindful May!

    Welcome to Mindful May! Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention and purposefully bringing awareness to what is happening in the moment. By learning the skill of focused attention, mindfulness can be applied to the five senses as well as thoughts and emotions. Through the use of mindfulness, we learn to create space which allows us the opportunity to change impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.

     

    During Advisory on 5/02/22, 5/10/22, 5/18/22 and 5/23/22, Falcon Focus teachers will provide lessons on breathing techniques to help students incorporate Mindfulness into daily practice. Through morning announcements on 5/09/22, 5/16/22 and 5/23/22, students will be encouraged to take a Mindful Minute. Additionally, counselors will begin each week in May by announcing a Mindful Monday Tip to provide students with a weekly strategy to try out. Finally, each Friday we will enjoy relaxing music in the cafeteria during all lunch shifts. We hope that these activities will help students find ways to bring peace to their day throughout the month of May!

     

     

    Update on Isolation Procedures for Students

    Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.

    As a result, FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, after at least five (5) days of isolation when your child has met the following criteria:

    • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
    • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved; AND
    • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

    If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

    Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

    The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.

    We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe.

     

    Important Kiss and Ride Reminder

    As we continue with a strong finish for the 2022 school, we offer a IMPORTANT reminder regarding Frost MS Kiss and Ride procedures. To ensure the safety of our students, we’ve implemented a traffic plan for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.  We understand that you have pressing appointments and engagements; however, we must make certain all Frost students arrive and depart in an orderly and safe manner.  To support this it is imperative that we follow the steps below to support student safety. 

    Morning arrival: 7:00 – 7:25 A.M.   School begins at 7:30 A.M.

    If you choose to drive your child to school:

    What you should know:

    • No traffic will be permitted past the crossing guard at the first parking lot except for buses and Frost Middle School staff.
    • Students should not be dropped off along Pickett Rd so drivers can make U-Turns. Please follow the guidance of Frost Middle School personnel.  
    • Door 5 will be open in the morning to assist with ease of entry into the building as Exit 1 will be difficult to get to because of the renovation.
    • Students should not be dropped off in the parking lot to cross over Kiss and Ride Traffic. Make sure that your child exits your car on the building side only (To include Loop in front of the Finance Park Building).
    • Drivers are to remain in the driver’s seat.
    • Do not pass other cars in line.
    • No cell phones should be in use in the Kiss and Ride lane.
    • Be mindful of your fellow motorists and pedestrians! Keep your eyes peeled and your speed down so that there are no unfortunate accidents.

    What you should do:

    Use the right-hand lane once on Pickett Road. Follow the traffic into the first parking lot for student drop-off and make a full circuit of the parking lot.  Please continue to pull forward as directed by the school staff members who will assist with efficient flow of traffic.

    The Kiss and Ride Lane for the afternoon is different than morning arrival.  In the afternoons, parents will need to find a place to park on Pickett Rd, between 2:00 and 2:30 P.M.  Please do NOT double park but find a parking space on Pickett.  Your student will be walking out to meet you.

    No traffic will be permitted into the parking lane directly in front of the building or in the parking lot on the right side of the building as this is where buses will be loading students. We highly encourage students to ride the bus due to our traffic pattern this school year. Buses will dismiss at 2:25 each day.  At that time, cars will be allowed to re-enter the parking lane at the front of the school.

    Our Kiss and Ride is typically very congested, so it is important to exercise patience and awareness when traveling through our Kiss and Ride lanes. Please remember, the safety of our students is of the utmost importance. We serve over 300 families in the morning and the afternoon in our Kiss and Ride Lane.  Our staff moves cars through safely and efficiently.  It is imperative that everyone follows the procedures in order to keep our students safe. Walkers and staff members should remember to cross at the crosswalks. It is also important to note that while we are under renovation there will be increased traffic from the construction crews and supply deliveries that will be arriving in the morning. It can not be overstated. If your child is assigned a bus, they should ride the bus in the morning and the afternoon. This will alleviate traffic congestion and ensure students arrive to school on time.

     

    In our continuing effort to ensure the safe arrival and departure of our students, please take note of the following items:

    Free bus transportation is provided for most Frost MS families unless you have been designated as a “walker”.  Having your student use the bus helps reduce traffic congestion, especially in the morning.  Again, taking advantage of bus transportation is strongly encouraged.  Late arrival to school due to traffic is unexcused. 

     

    Free Online Tutoring Services for All Students Started April 14!

     

    All FCPS students have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost. Funds to support Tutor.com for school year 2022-23 and 2023-24 will come from an ESSER III Unfinished Learning Grant. 

    Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing student’s strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

    All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

    Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. All FCPS families will soon receive an email including an online tutoring services notice and opt-out information. Additionally, a hard copy form will be sent home with every student. 

    For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website

     

    Student Intentions for Next School Year

    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 [email protected].

    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

     

    ESSER at Frost

    The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) is a federal grant which requires that spending be used in specific areas.  Part of the Fairfax County Public Schools spending plan identifies funding to be used for Unfinished Learning and Student Academic and Social, Emotional, Mental Health (Wellness) Needs.  Schools have been given funding allocations to support the academic and wellness needs of students.  Schools are required to create plans in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Wellness highlighting the strategies they will use to support these areas using their ESSER III funding.  These strategies are shown on the following website: https://frostms.fcps.edu/about/school-improvement-plan

     

     

    Opportunity to Expunge High School Classes and Algebra Summer Learning Opportunities

     

    Students enrolled in high school classes (Algebra, Geometry, World Language level 1 or 1B) in Middle School have the opportunity to expunge or remove the class from a student’s transcript.   Information regarding that process can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary/taking-high-school-courses-in-middle-school.  If a student would like to expunge the course from his or her transcript, this form needs to be returned to the school counselor before the end of the first quarter of the 22-23 school year.  The student then has the opportunity to retake it in the 22-23 school year or over the summer, depending on readiness. 

     

    Summer course registration information can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/online-programs.  There is a change for those students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 this year and wish to retake the course over the summer.  These students are able to enroll in either Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 or Credit Recovery.  Further details are on the website above.

    • Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 (new option) is for current middle school students who want to improve their understanding of course content.  Middle school students may use this summer online course to replace their expunged  2021-22 school-year grade.  Students will complete the appropriate SOL test at the end of the course if needed (if not already passed during the school year). No honors credit will be awarded. The course will run June 21 to July 22, and students will meet with their instructors, virtually, for one hour each day.
    • Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 (in-person) - This course is for FCPS students who have taken Algebra 1 and have been unsuccessful in earning credit.  Students cannot take the in-person Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 course if they have already passed Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1, or for new course credit.

    Summer Arts Program Registration Opens March 1

    All students with an interest in continuing to explore the arts are eligible for two summer enrichment programs. Registration opens on March 1 for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. 

    Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will be held July 5-29 at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    Classes are offered every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees, waivers are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  

    For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage

     

    CTE Summer Academy

    The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 7th to 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.

    2022 CTE SUMMER ENRICHMENT

    CTE Summer Academy

    What is CTE Summer Academy?

    A weekly enrichment program that allows students to dive deeper into CTE program areas and encourages skill development and career exploration.

    Students choose 4 classes and learn new content, discover interests, and build their skills.

    Details

    Eligibility: Current 7 to 11 graders

    Time - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm* *Early drop off is available!

    Location - To Be Determined

    Transportation from select FCPS schools is provided!

    Cost - $275 per week

    Dates -

    Week 1: July 11 - 15

    Week 2: July 18 - 22

    Week 3: July 25 - 29

    Class Options

    Students will choose four (4) classes each week to build their own specialized summer learning program. Courses are available in all CTE program areas: Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical, Marketing, Technology and Engineering, and Trade and Industrial.

    For the list of classes and schedule being offered, please visit our website!

    How to Register

    Registration is open from January 31 to June 10, 2022.

    Students can register online by visiting the CTE Summer Academy website and clicking on the register button.

    Additional Information

    Visit bit.ly/FCPS_CSA for more information!

    For questions, please contact Beth Mehr, CTE Summer Enrichment Specialist, at [email protected]

     

     

     

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    Frost PTA News: May 2-6, 2021

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    TONIGHT - 2022 PTA BOARD ELECTIONS:

    The PTA Meeting tonight will be virtual at 7:30PM (meeting link below). The top agenda item is the PTA Board Elections. We are very pleased to announce the following nominees:

     

    President: Chris Lieu

    Vice President: Tharini Sathiamoorthy

    Treasurer: Elizabeth Holmquist

    Secretary: Caren Lee

     

    Please plan to attend so that we can elect the new board. You must be a current PTA member to vote; please join the PTA. We will also receive an update from the Frost administration, discuss our upcoming events, and our new spirit wear items. See you soon!

     

    Join Zoom Meeting: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97280578769?pwd=YVFReDgzb3JiR1ZxbDRTWEJoUzArQT09

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    TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 2022:

    Reminder this week is TA Week, and we are excited to celebrate the amazing teachers & staff of Frost MS! 3 volunteer slots remain if you still would like to join the celebration: Teacher Appreciation Week Signup. THANK YOU SO MUCH for being SO GENEROUS and helping our collective efforts to ensure our wonderful teachers & staff feel special and appreciated!

     

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - FROST 8TH GRADE YARD SIGNS!

    Celebrate your graduating Frost 8th grader with this 18x18 decorative yard sign! Quantities are limited and the price is $10 so place your YARD SIGN order today. Pickup will be at Frost – dates & times TBD.

     

    PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 8TH GRADE LAPTOP COLLECTION

    Dear Frost Families,

    As we plan for the end of the school year we are asking for parent support to help with 8th grade laptop collection. On June 8 and 9 during PE classes 8th grade students will be turning in their Frost laptop. We appreciate if you can find time to volunteer to help. Please see the Signup Genius below for time slots.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=9040b49a9a623a4f85-frost5&view=standard

    Woodson HS will contact 9th grade students to checkout a laptop before the school year starts in August.

    Thank you!

    Frost Technology Team

     

    WOODSON DANCE TEAM – BREAK IT DOWN CAMP:

    The Woodson JV & Varsity Dance Teams will be hosting their annual Break It Down Camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 3-19 from 3:30-5PM for current 7th – 11th graders. Interested students can register HERE. See the attached flyer more details! Questions? Email Coach Krissy.

     

    8th GRADE CELEBRATION is BACK!

    8th Grade End of Middle School Celebration is Friday, June 3rd, 6-8 PM @ Frost Middle School. There will be music, food & drinks, and fun activities. Reach out to Jane Sibley Frantz if you would like to help.

     

    FROST SPIRITWEAR AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW:

    It's finally feeling like Spring! Need to refresh your Frost Spiritwear? Checkout the Frost PTA online Spiritwear Store at Squad Locker to checkout our t-shirts, hoodies, outerwear, drinkware, bags and even PJ bottoms & sweatpants! There are so many items to choose from! All funds raised go towards PTA-sponsored events & programs, including the Grants Program, that provides crucial funds for valuable programs that benefit our wonderful school and students.

     

    NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE....FROST FALCON LANYARDS!

    Please visit Frost Spirit Items - Magnets & Lanyards to place your order for our new Spirit item! While you are there don't forget to pick up your FROST CAR MAGNET!  We are so excited to offer these magnets to our Frost families to display their Frost Pride at home and on the road. GO Falcons!

     

    UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

    Tues., May 3: PTA Meeting; PTA Board Elections; 7:30PM (in-person & virtual)

    Fri., June 3: 8th Grade Celebration; 6-8PM at Frost MS

    Tues., June 7: PTA Meeting; 7:30PM (in-person & virtual)

     

    FOLLOW US and SUPPORT our Wonderful School!

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    JOIN the PTA!

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    This Week at Frost - April 29, 2022

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    This Week at Frost

    Greetings Frost Middle School!

    What a fantastic week this has been, especially for yours truly! I began the week having opportunity to have a private tour of the Washington DC Temple. As you may have read or known, the public has not seen the inside of the Temple for almost 50 years. They have undergone extensive renovations and have opened their doors to the public for viewing. I was fortunate to be on the tour with ambassadors from Cambodia, Vietnam, Turkey, Cape Verde, and Iceland, just to name a few.

    Also, it was announced this week that I am the President-Elect of the FCPS Middle School Principals’ Association! This is indeed an honor to represent all of the principals at the middle school level. It will be my job to support principals in instructional leadership, as well as advocate for best practices and resources on behalf of our collective to the division leadership and the school board.

    Finally, in my capacity as a facilitator and consultant, I provided professional development for the incoming candidates of potential principals in FCPS. It has been a great week of learning for the past two weeks. We are in good hands with this crop of new leaders.

    Frost MS has had and will have a few dignitaries dropping by. Last week we welcomed School Board member Meghan McLaughlin in to learn more about the renovation and to tour the renovation site. We will have School Board members Karl Frisch and Rachna Sizemore-Heizer in to visit in the coming weeks.

     

    Last night I had the opportunity to attend the National Teacher of the Year Gala in Washington, DC alongside my wife, Rosalyn. It was certainly an honor and inspiring to see the excellent work that teachers across this nation are doing for our students!

     

    We also saw the Theater Arts show Shrek kickoff to a sold-out audience last night! The show is receiving rave reviews and is already sold out for tonight and tomorrow night! I am so proud of Ms. Jalajel, former FCPS New Teacher of the Year, and her students and staff for putting together such an amazing show! The stage, lighting, props, etc… are exceptional and the hard work and efforts are certainly paying off!

    I also understand that additional congrats are for Ms. Jalajel as she was proposed to last night! What a show!!

     

     

    Finally, the students have done an amazing job of being on task and being on their best behavior this week. I am so proud of our Falcons!

    I hope you all have a great weekend! We are #ONEFrost!

    Anthony Harris

     

    Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

    April 28- 30                 Spring Musical – Shrek, The Musical

    May 2                          Eid al Fitr

    May 3 – May 24          No After School Program on Tuesdays and Fridays

    May 12                        SOL Test - 8th Grade Science

    May 17                        7th and 8th Grade Reading

    May 19                        7th and 8th Grade Math (including Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2)

    May 26                        Last Day of the After School Program

    May 30                        Memorial Day Holiday

    May 31                        Yearbook Distribution – 4th Period

    June 3                         8th Grade Celebration

    June 10                       Last Day of School

     

    New This Week

    Update on Isolation Procedures for Students

    Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.

    As a result, FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, after at least five (5) days of isolation when your child has met the following criteria:

    • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
    • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved; AND
    • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

    If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

    Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

    The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.

    We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe.

     

    Important Kiss and Ride Reminder

    As we continue with a strong finish for the 2022 school, we offer a IMPORTANT reminder regarding Frost MS Kiss and Ride procedures. To ensure the safety of our students, we’ve implemented a traffic plan for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.  We understand that you have pressing appointments and engagements; however, we must make certain all Frost students arrive and depart in an orderly and safe manner.  To support this it is imperative that we follow the steps below to support student safety. 

     

    Morning arrival: 7:00 – 7:25 A.M.   School begins at 7:30 A.M.

    If you choose to drive your child to school:

    What you should know:

    • No traffic will be permitted past the crossing guard at the first parking lot except for buses and Frost Middle School staff.
    • Students should not be dropped off along Pickett Rd so drivers can make U-Turns. Please follow the guidance of Frost Middle School personnel.  
    • Door 5 will be open in the morning to assist with ease of entry into the building as Exit 1 will be difficult to get to because of the renovation.
    • Students should not be dropped off in the parking lot to cross over Kiss and Ride Traffic. Make sure that your child exits your car on the building side only (To include Loop in front of the Finance Park Building).
    • Drivers are to remain in the driver’s seat.
    • Do not pass other cars in line.
    • No cell phones should be in use in the Kiss and Ride lane.
    • Be mindful of your fellow motorists and pedestrians! Keep your eyes peeled and your speed down so that there are no unfortunate accidents.

    What you should do:

    Use the right-hand lane once on Pickett Road. Follow the traffic into the first parking lot for student drop-off and make a full circuit of the parking lot.  Please continue to pull forward as directed by the school staff members who will assist with efficient flow of traffic.

    The Kiss and Ride Lane for the afternoon is different than morning arrival.  In the afternoons, parents will need to find a place to park on Pickett Rd, between 2:00 and 2:30 P.M.  Please do NOT double park but find a parking space on Pickett.  Your student will be walking out to meet you.

    No traffic will be permitted into the parking lane directly in front of the building or in the parking lot on the right side of the building as this is where buses will be loading students. We highly encourage students to ride the bus due to our traffic pattern this school year. Buses will dismiss at 2:25 each day.  At that time, cars will be allowed to re-enter the parking lane at the front of the school.

    Our Kiss and Ride is typically very congested, so it is important to exercise patience and awareness when traveling through our Kiss and Ride lanes. Please remember, the safety of our students is of the utmost importance. We serve over 300 families in the morning and the afternoon in our Kiss and Ride Lane.  Our staff moves cars through safely and efficiently.  It is imperative that everyone follows the procedures in order to keep our students safe. Walkers and staff members should remember to cross at the crosswalks. It is also important to note that while we are under renovation there will be increased traffic from the construction crews and supply deliveries that will be arriving in the morning. It can not be overstated. If your child is assigned a bus, they should ride the bus in the morning and the afternoon. This will alleviate traffic congestion and ensure students arrive to school on time.

     

    In our continuing effort to ensure the safe arrival and departure of our students, please take note of the following items:

    Free bus transportation is provided for most Frost MS families unless you have been designated as a “walker”.  Having your student use the bus helps reduce traffic congestion, especially in the morning.  Again, taking advantage of bus transportation is strongly encouraged.  Late arrival to school due to traffic is unexcused. 

     

    Month of the Military Child

     

    Frost is proud to have over 10% of our student population represent military families. Here are a few ways we celebrated our students this month. We will also have a student celebration during Falcon Focus on May 6th. Thank you to our students and families!

    Frost Month of the Military Child Presentation

    Frost Student Military Child Video

    New Frost Military Family Webpage

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    Mindful May!

    Welcome to Mindful May! Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention and purposefully bringing awareness to what is happening in the moment. By learning the skill of focused attention, mindfulness can be applied to the five senses as well as thoughts and emotions. Through the use of mindfulness, we learn to create space which allows us the opportunity to change impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.

     

    During Advisory on 5/02/22, 5/10/22, 5/18/22 and 5/23/22, Falcon Focus teachers will provide lessons on breathing techniques to help students incorporate Mindfulness into daily practice. Through morning announcements on 5/09/22, 5/16/22 and 5/23/22, students will be encouraged to take a Mindful Minute. Additionally, counselors will begin each week in May by announcing a Mindful Monday Tip to provide students with a weekly strategy to try out. Finally, each Friday we will enjoy relaxing music in the cafeteria during all lunch shifts. We hope that these activities will help students find ways to bring peace to their day throughout the month of May!

     

    In Other News....

    After School Program Changes

    Beginning on May 3, the after school program will not be in session on Tuesdays and Fridays.  The program will end for this school year on Thursday, May 26. 

     

    Free Online Tutoring Services for All Students Started April 14!

    All FCPS students have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost. Funds to support Tutor.com for school year 2022-23 and 2023-24 will come from an ESSER III Unfinished Learning Grant. 

    Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing student’s strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

    All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

    Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. All FCPS families will soon receive an email including an online tutoring services notice and opt-out information. Additionally, a hard copy form will be sent home with every student. 

    For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website

     

    Student Intentions for Next School Year

    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 [email protected].

    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

     

    ESSER at Frost

    The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) is a federal grant which requires that spending be used in specific areas.  Part of the Fairfax County Public Schools spending plan identifies funding to be used for Unfinished Learning and Student Academic and Social, Emotional, Mental Health (Wellness) Needs.  Schools have been given funding allocations to support the academic and wellness needs of students.  Schools are required to create plans in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Wellness highlighting the strategies they will use to support these areas using their ESSER III funding.  These strategies are shown on the following website: https://frostms.fcps.edu/about/school-improvement-plan

     

    Opportunity to Expunge High School Classes and Algebra Summer Learning Opportunities

    Students enrolled in high school classes (Algebra, Geometry, World Language level 1 or 1B) in Middle School have the opportunity to expunge or remove the class from a student’s transcript.   Information regarding that process can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary/taking-high-school-courses-in-middle-school.  If a student would like to expunge the course from his or her transcript, this form needs to be returned to the school counselor before the end of the first quarter of the 22-23 school year.  The student then has the opportunity to retake it in the 22-23 school year or over the summer, depending on readiness. 

    Summer course registration information can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/online-programs.  There is a change for those students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 this year and wish to retake the course over the summer.  These students are able to enroll in either Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 or Credit Recovery.  Further details are on the website above.

    • Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 (new option) is for current middle school students who want to improve their understanding of course content.  Middle school students may use this summer online course to replace their expunged  2021-22 school-year grade.  Students will complete the appropriate SOL test at the end of the course if needed (if not already passed during the school year). No honors credit will be awarded. The course will run June 21 to July 22, and students will meet with their instructors, virtually, for one hour each day.
    • Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 (in-person) - This course is for FCPS students who have taken Algebra 1 and have been unsuccessful in earning credit.  Students cannot take the in-person Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 course if they have already passed Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1, or for new course credit.

     

    Frost MS Renovation Schedule 

    We are extremely excited about the progress the construction team is making on our new addition and renovation at Frost MS! To keep the Frost MS community informed about the progress and timelines, please see below:

    Project Scope

    Addition (+/- 85,000 square feet)

    • Secure main entrance (Bus drop-off)
    • Secondary entrance (Car drop-off)
    • Administration and Health Suite
    • Comprehensive Services Suite
    • Cafeteria extension
    • 2 story classroom wing (Core classrooms & Science labs, Special Ed)
    • Library
    • Music/Instrumental rooms
    • Gym storage

    Renovation (+/- 121,000 square feet)

    • Existing Classrooms (Art, Family & Consumer Sciences, Tech & Eng. Ed.)
    • Student Services Suite
    • Special Ed offices and classrooms
    • Cafeteria/Stage, Kitchen
    • Main and Aux Gyms
    • Lecture Hall (relocated and enlarged)
    • Roof
    • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, AV/IT

    Phases

    • Phase 1-         Completed July 2022- If on schedule, students will be able to access and have classes in completed sections this Fall!
    • Phase 2-         Completed Spring 2023       
    • Phase 3-         Completed Fall 2023

    Estimated Project Completion Date- Fall 2023

     

    Summer Arts Program Registration Opens March 1

    All students with an interest in continuing to explore the arts are eligible for two summer enrichment programs. Registration opens on March 1 for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. 

    Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will be held July 5-29 at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    Classes are offered every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees, waivers are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  

    For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage

     

    CTE Summer Academy

    The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 7th to 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.

    2022 CTE SUMMER ENRICHMENT

    CTE Summer Academy

    What is CTE Summer Academy?

    A weekly enrichment program that allows students to dive deeper into CTE program areas and encourages skill development and career exploration.

    Students choose 4 classes and learn new content, discover interests, and build their skills.

    Details

    Eligibility: Current 7 to 11 graders

    Time - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm* *Early drop off is available!

    Location - To Be Determined

    Transportation from select FCPS schools is provided!

    Cost - $275 per week

    Dates -

    Week 1: July 11 - 15

    Week 2: July 18 - 22

    Week 3: July 25 - 29

    Class Options

    Students will choose four (4) classes each week to build their own specialized summer learning program. Courses are available in all CTE program areas: Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical, Marketing, Technology and Engineering, and Trade and Industrial.

    For the list of classes and schedule being offered, please visit our website!

    How to Register

    Registration is open from January 31 to June 10, 2022.

    Students can register online by visiting the CTE Summer Academy website and clicking on the register button.

    Additional Information

    Visit bit.ly/FCPS_CSA for more information!

    For questions, please contact Beth Mehr, CTE Summer Enrichment Specialist, at [email protected]

     

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    Teacher Appreciation Week - We Need Your Help!

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    Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2 – May 6!

     

    The Frost PTA is excited to show our support for the fabulous Frost Middle School teachers and staff.  We will be conducting a gift card draw and setting up snack tables on Wednesday, May 4th and we need your help. 

    We are looking for $10 gift cards and portable snacks, such as granola bars, muffins and cookies, as well as volunteers to help with the snack tables and gift card draw. 

    Please click on the link, below, for the Sign-Up Genius.  Gift cards and snacks can be dropped off at the main office at Frost between the hours of 6:45am and 3:30pm.  Please drop off your gift cards no later than Tuesday, May 3rd. 

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b45a9aa22a5fe3-frost1

    Thank you, as always, for your generous support of the Frost PTA and Frost Middle School!

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    Frost PTA News: April 25 - 29, 2022

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    2022 PTA BOARD ELECTIONS:

    Our next PTA meeting is Tues., May 3rd at 7:30PM (in-person and virtual). Our top agenda item is the PTA Board Elections. We are very pleased to announce the following nominees:

    President: Chris Lieu

    Vice President: Tharini Sathiamoorthy

    Treasurer: Elizabeth Holmquist

    Secretary: Caren Lee

    Please plan to attend so that we can elect the new board. You must be a current PTA member to vote; please join the PTA.

    In addition to the Board, the PTA provides many other volunteer opportunities including:

    • Membership Chair
    • Hospitality Chair
    • Spirit wear Chair
    • Communications/News You Choose Coordinator
    • Frost Family Festival Chair
    • Bingo Night Chair
    • Read-a-Thon Chair
    • 8th Grade Celebration Chair

    These positions are vital to the success of our PTA. Please consider how you can help.

    Finally, we will have an update from the Frost administration, we will discuss upcoming events, and our new spirit wear items. See you there!

     

    FROST SPIRITWEAR AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW:

    It's finally feeling like Spring! Need to refresh your Frost Spiritwear? Checkout the Frost PTA online Spiritwear Store at Squad Locker to checkout our t-shirts, hoodies, outerwear, drinkware, bags and even PJ bottoms & sweatpants! There are so many items to choose from! All funds raised go towards PTA-sponsored events & programs, including the Grants Program, that provides crucial funds for valuable programs that benefit our wonderful school and students.

     

    NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE....FROST FALCON LANYARDS!

    Please visit Frost Spirit Items - Magnets & Lanyards to place your order for our new Spirit item! While you are there don't forget to pick up your FROST CAR MAGNET!  We are so excited to offer these magnets to our Frost families to display their Frost Pride at home and on the road. GO Falcons!

    8th GRADE CELEBRATION is BACK!

    8th Grade End of Middle School Celebration is Friday, June 3rd, 6-8 PM @ Frost Middle School. There will be music, food & drinks, and fun activities. Reach out to Jane Sibley Frantz if you would like to help.

    UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

    Tues., May 3: PTA Meeting; PTA Board Elections; 7:30PM (in-person and online)

    Fri., June 3: 8th Grade Celebration; 6-8PM at Frost MS

    FOLLOW US and SUPPORT our Wonderful School!

    Facebook

    Website

    JOIN the PTA!

     

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    This Week at Frost - April 22, 2022

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    Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

    April 28- 30                 Spring Musical – Shrek, The Musical

    May 2                          Eid al Fitr

    May 3 – May 24          No After School Program on Tuesdays and Fridays

    May 12                        SOL Test - 8th Grade Science

    May 17                        7th and 8th Grade Reading

    May 19                        7th and 8th Grade Math (including Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2)

    May 26                        Last Day of the After School Program

    May 30                        Memorial Day Holiday

    May 31                        Yearbook Distribution – 4th Period

    June 3                         8th Grade Celebration

    June 10                       Last Day of School

    New This Week

    Mindful May Coming Soon!

    Welcome to Mindful May! Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention and purposefully bringing awareness to what is happening in the moment. By learning the skill of focused attention, mindfulness can be applied to the five senses as well as thoughts and emotions. Through the use of mindfulness, we learn to create space which allows us the opportunity to change impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.

     

    During Advisory on 5/02/22, 5/10/22, 5/18/22 and 5/23/22, Falcon Focus teachers will provide lessons on breathing techniques to help students incorporate Mindfulness into daily practice. Through morning announcements on 5/09/22, 5/16/22 and 5/23/22, students will be encouraged to take a Mindful Minute. Additionally, counselors will begin each week in May by announcing a Mindful Monday Tip to provide students with a weekly strategy to try out. Finally, each Friday we will enjoy relaxing music in the cafeteria during all lunch shifts. We hope that these activities will help students find ways to bring peace to their day throughout the month of May!

     

    Shrek the Musical April 28 – 30

     

    Buy your tickets today!!! Nasty will be nice, and the City of Fairfax will be ogre-the-moon when Frost Drama presents their production of Shrek the Musical. The family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others. Go to the link below or use the QR code on the poster!https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2848562/shrek-the-musical-fairfax-frost-middle-school-theatre

     

    After School Program Changes

    Beginning on May 3, the after school program will not be in session on Tuesdays and Fridays.  The program will end for this school year on Thursday, May 26. 

     

    In Other News....

    Free Online Tutoring Services for All Students Started April 14!

    All FCPS students have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost. Funds to support Tutor.com for school year 2022-23 and 2023-24 will come from an ESSER III Unfinished Learning Grant. 

    Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing student’s strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

    All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

    Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. All FCPS families will soon receive an email including an online tutoring services notice and opt-out information. Additionally, a hard copy form will be sent home with every student. 

    For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website

     

    Student Intentions for Next School Year

    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 [email protected].

    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

    ESSER at Frost

    The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) is a federal grant which requires that spending be used in specific areas.  Part of the Fairfax County Public Schools spending plan identifies funding to be used for Unfinished Learning and Student Academic and Social, Emotional, Mental Health (Wellness) Needs.  Schools have been given funding allocations to support the academic and wellness needs of students.  Schools are required to create plans in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Wellness highlighting the strategies they will use to support these areas using their ESSER III funding.  These strategies are shown on the following website: https://frostms.fcps.edu/about/school-improvement-plan

     

    Opportunity to Expunge High School Classes and Algebra Summer Learning Opportunities

     

    Students enrolled in high school classes (Algebra, Geometry, World Language level 1 or 1B) in Middle School have the opportunity to expunge or remove the class from a student’s transcript.   Information regarding that process can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary/taking-high-school-courses-in-middle-school.  If a student would like to expunge the course from his or her transcript, this form needs to be returned to the school counselor before the end of the first quarter of the 22-23 school year.  The student then has the opportunity to retake it in the 22-23 school year or over the summer, depending on readiness. 

     

    Summer course registration information can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/online-programs.  There is a change for those students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 this year and wish to retake the course over the summer.  These students are able to enroll in either Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 or Credit Recovery.  Further details are on the website above.

    • Summer Online Campus Algebra 1 (new option) is for current middle school students who want to improve their understanding of course content.  Middle school students may use this summer online course to replace their expunged  2021-22 school-year grade.  Students will complete the appropriate SOL test at the end of the course if needed (if not already passed during the school year). No honors credit will be awarded. The course will run June 21 to July 22, and students will meet with their instructors, virtually, for one hour each day.
    • Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 (in-person) - This course is for FCPS students who have taken Algebra 1 and have been unsuccessful in earning credit.  Students cannot take the in-person Credit Recovery Academy Algebra 1 course if they have already passed Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1, or for new course credit.

     

    Frost MS Renovation Schedule 

    We are extremely excited about the progress the construction team is making on our new addition and renovation at Frost MS! To keep the Frost MS community informed about the progress and timelines, please see below:

    Project Scope

    Addition (+/- 85,000 square feet)

    • Secure main entrance (Bus drop-off)
    • Secondary entrance (Car drop-off)
    • Administration and Health Suite
    • Comprehensive Services Suite
    • Cafeteria extension
    • 2 story classroom wing (Core classrooms & Science labs, Special Ed)
    • Library
    • Music/Instrumental rooms
    • Gym storage

    Renovation (+/- 121,000 square feet)

    • Existing Classrooms (Art, Family & Consumer Sciences, Tech & Eng. Ed.)
    • Student Services Suite
    • Special Ed offices and classrooms
    • Cafeteria/Stage, Kitchen
    • Main and Aux Gyms
    • Lecture Hall (relocated and enlarged)
    • Roof
    • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, AV/IT

    Phases

    • Phase 1-         Completed July 2022- If on schedule, students will be able to access and have classes in completed sections this Fall!
    • Phase 2-         Completed Spring 2023       
    • Phase 3-         Completed Fall 2023
    • Estimated Project Completion Date- Fall 2023

     

    Summer Arts Program Registration Opens March 1

    All students with an interest in continuing to explore the arts are eligible for two summer enrichment programs. Registration opens on March 1 for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. 

    Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will be held July 5-29 at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    Classes are offered every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees, waivers are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  

    For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage

     

    CTE Summer Academy

    The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 7th to 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.

    2022 CTE SUMMER ENRICHMENT

    CTE Summer Academy

    What is CTE Summer Academy?

    A weekly enrichment program that allows students to dive deeper into CTE program areas and encourages skill development and career exploration.

    Students choose 4 classes and learn new content, discover interests, and build their skills.

    Details

    Eligibility: Current 7 to 11 graders

    Time - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm* *Early drop off is available!

    Location - To Be Determined

    Transportation from select FCPS schools is provided!

    Cost - $275 per week

    Dates -

    Week 1: July 11 - 15

    Week 2: July 18 - 22

    Week 3: July 25 - 29

    Class Options

    Students will choose four (4) classes each week to build their own specialized summer learning program. Courses are available in all CTE program areas: Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical, Marketing, Technology and Engineering, and Trade and Industrial.

    For the list of classes and schedule being offered, please visit our website!

    How to Register

    Registration is open from January 31 to June 10, 2022.

    Students can register online by visiting the CTE Summer Academy website and clicking on the register button.

    Additional Information

    Visit bit.ly/FCPS_CSA for more information!

    For questions, please contact Beth Mehr, CTE Summer Enrichment Specialist, at [email protected]

     

     

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