Frost PTA News: October 25 - 29, 2021

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This communication is emailed every Tuesday to update the Frost community on PTA news, upcoming events, and relative resources.

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Fri., Oct. 29: Dickey’s BBQ Pit Restaurant Night; 11AM-9PM

Wed., Nov. 3: Reflections Entries Due Date

Tues, Nov. 9: PTA Meeting; 7:30PM

 

REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM CONTEST:

Does your student enjoy art, music or dance or have an interest in writing, producing films or taking photos? Then encourage them to join us and unleash their inner artist with the PTA Reflections Arts Program! This year’s theme, “I Will Change the World By…,” calls for your students’ unique interpretation through the arts. Entries are all digital this year and the submission site can be found HERE. That site includes a link to the specific rules for each category. Entries are due by 11/3/21. If you have any questions about this program, you can contact Mrs. Patti Pullen

 

OCTOBER RESTAURANT NIGHT IS FRIDAY:

We hope you will enjoy Dickey's Barbecue Pit (***LOCATION*** 11199 Lee Highway, Fairfax VA 22030, 703-865-4333) THIS Friday, October 29 from 11AM-9PM. Please mention "Frost MS Fundraiser" when calling in your order or indicate in the “Notes Section” when ordering online for pickup/delivery. 10% of the proceeds will go to Frost's PTA. Reminder: schools are closed Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 1 & 2, so perhaps one of their yummy party packs would make the long weekend complete! P.S. If you place an order online, make sure your wifi doesn't kick off and look for a confirmation email. If there are problems, please call in the order. Brian, the owner, and his adult kids will be able to help you if there are any problems. Thank you for supporting the PTA and Frost!

 

IMPACT AID SURVEYS ARE DUE:

THANK YOU to all who have returned them. If you haven’t done so, please take a moment to complete the survey and return it with your student to their Falcon Focus teacher ASAP. Returning this form is important because the information from this survey results in additional grants and funding from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support students, schools, and centers. If you have any questions please contact Frost's Impact Aid Coordinator, Rema Cancino

 

SUPPORTING the PTA is EASY:

JOIN the PTA!

Thank you in advance for your continued support of our students and teachers. It is greatly appreciated!

The Frost SPIRIT WEAR Store is OPEN!

All funds raised go towards PTA-sponsored causes including the Grants Program, which funds programs for Frost students that are not otherwise available.

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This Week at Frost - October 25, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost MS Community!

We had a great week last week at Frost MS! Faculty, staff, and students all wore the color orange to bring awareness to Bullying prevention on Unity Day! Our students also had the opportunity to sign a banner during lunch to signify that they would work together to stamp out bullying! Why orange? Well, orange is hard to miss. We try to encourage our students to be kind, accepting, and inclusive each day!

Don’t forget we have a few PTA events coming up over the next few weeks! Come on out next Friday to Dickey’s BBQ (11199 Lee Highway) Restaurant Night from 11AM- 9PM, and our next PTA meeting will be on November 9th at 7:30 PM!

In addition, please note on your calendars that this Friday, October 29th is a two-hour early release day and that November 1st and 2nd are student holidays! Frost MS teachers will be working from an alternate location on the teacher workdays as there will be no heat in the building due to work being done related to the renovation on these days.

We love seeing students get into the holiday spirit for Halloween! Faculty, staff, and the admin team join in on the fun as well. If you plan to send your student to school in a costume this year, please ensure that the costumes are school appropriate. Please note that masks or any items that cover the entire face are not allowed as well as any costume accessories that may tempt students to make poor choices!!

As always, “Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle!” We are #ONEFrost!

 

Anthony Harris

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

October 29                                          End of 1st Quarter – Two Hour Early Release      

November 1 – 2                                  Teacher Workdays/Student Holidays

November 11                                      Veterans’ Day – Two Hour Early Release

November 24 – 26                              Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1                                        Picture Day Makeup

 

New This Week

Fairfax County Youth Survey

The Fairfax County Youth Survey will be administered to 8th grade students at Frost Middle School on Wednesday, November 17th.   The links below describe why the survey is being conducted and what questions will be asked of your student.   

2015Parents-Fact-Sheet.pdf 

2021VAM-Questionnaire-1.pdf 

You have the right to deny permission for your child to participate.  If you wish to opt out your child, please print the opt-out form, below, fill it out, and ask your child to bring it to the main office at Frost MS.  You may also scan and e-mail the form to sjmorningsta@fcps.edu.   Opt-out forms are due to the school no later than November 12th.  

Youth Survey Opt-Out 2021.pdf 

 

COVID Testing

In support of our commitment to safety, Frost MS will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 15.

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt-in to testing soon. Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional.

More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website

 

TJHSST Applications Open October 25

Current 8th grade students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) beginning Monday, October 25. 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 25, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m.

 

How to Order Pictures from Picture Days!

If you did not get a chance to order pictures on Picture Days, no worries!  Just go to mylifetouch.com and enter the Picture Day ID EVTP4V7ND to order pictures.  If your student missed picture days, the make up date is Wednesday, December 1st. 

 

Sub and Save the Day!

FCPS needs substitute teachers. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, and anyone who wants a flexible work schedule. Like many school districts across the region and country, FCPS is looking for kind and caring substitute teachers to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers need to be out of the building. If you are interested in substitute teaching, you can set parameters for the days you are available, the grade levels you would like to teach, or the schools where you want to assist. 

For more information, follow this link: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities.

 

FCPS Solicits Public Comment on K - 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources Under Consideration for Adoption             

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is soliciting public review and comment on basal instructional resources under consideration for K - 8 Science.  A basal resource review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December of 2021 to review and recommend new K - 8 Science instructional resources to the School Board.  Citizens are encouraged to review materials under consideration and complete the online public comment form so that valuable community feedback may be shared with the School Board and committee as part of the review process.  

K - 8 Science basal instructional materials may be accessed online October 14th through November 14th.  Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link ­ https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027 beginning October 14th.

 

In Other News....

Impact Aid

Impact Aid forms were sent home on Tuesday 10/19.  The original survey needs to be completed and returned to your student’s Falcon Focus teacher.  If you have questions or if you need an additional survey, please contact Rema Cancino, Frost's Impact Aid Coordinator at rlcancino@fcps.edu

 

Vaccination Clinic Open at Tysons Corner

Widespread vaccination is working to keep our students learning in person in FCPS. As of this week, 0.004% of FCPS’ approximately 180,000 students are impacted by quarantines. If you, your child, or someone you know is eligible to receive the vaccine or a booster, we have great news for you. 

A multi-agency effort to move into the next phase of vaccinations, with booster shots and the potential for children under 12 to be vaccinated, launched the Fairfax Community Vaccination Center (Fairfax CVC) on Friday, October 8. This large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open at the former Lord & Taylor store at Tysons Corner Center.

The center offers:

  • First and second doses of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
  • Booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to individuals eligible for the vaccine booster.
  • An additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for individuals who are immunocompromised.

The Fairfax CVC will operate Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Individuals seeking a booster of the Pfizer vaccine or an additional dose of either vaccine are asked to bring their vaccination card showing the dates of previous doses. 

Read more about the Fairfax CVC online. To find an appointment visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA. 

 

Off and Away for the Day – Consequences for Non-Compliance

As you know, Frost MS is an Away for the Day School again this year. Students will be required to turn phones/electronic devices off and keep them in their backpacks from 7:30-2:15 with the following exceptions:

  • Before School- during breakfast
  • Brain Breaks
  • Lunch

Students who are observed using their phones during the school day can expect the following consequences:

  • The first and second violations will result in the phone being confiscated from the student and kept in the front office for the student to pick up at dismissal. 
  • The third and subsequent violations will require a parent/guardian to pick up the phone in the main office.
  • Parents/guardians will be notified after the 2nd violation as a reminder. 

Please review this policy and the consequences with your students. 

 

Going Home with a Friend on a Different Bus?  Here’s How….

If a student wants to ride home on a different bus with a friend, each student will need to submit a note from their parent/guardian giving permission to ride home with another student.  Students must give those notes to the front office before the end of lunch in to allow for sufficient time to issue a bus pass to the student.

 

How to Check Your Student Out Early

If you know in advance that you will need to check your student out of school early, please have them bring a note to the front office that morning and a pink check-out form will be given to your student to allow them to leave class at the time noted.  You will need to meet them in the front office with your ID to sign them out. 

If they are coming back that same day, a parent does not need to sign the student back in.  Students will come to the front office and sign themselves back in and we will give them a pass back to class. NOTE: Please check to make sure your emergency contact list is accurate.  Only adults listed on your student’s emergency contact list can sign a student out (with photo ID).  

 

How to Report an Absence

If your child is sick or will be absent for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by reporting an absence. Form submissions are monitored throughout the day by our office staff and your child’s attendance will be updated in SIS for our teachers. You can find the form at the bottom of our Frost MS WebpageYou can use this direct link also. 

 

 

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Frost PTA News: October 18 -22, 2021

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This communication is emailed every Tuesday to update the Frost community on PTA news, upcoming events, and relative resources.

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Fri., Oct. 29: Dickey’s BBQ Pit Restaurant Night; 11AM-9PM

Wed., Nov. 3: Reflections Entries Due Date

Tues, Nov. 9: PTA Meeting; 7:30PM

 

REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM CONTEST:

Does your student enjoy art, music or dance or have an interest in writing, producing films or taking photos? Then encourage them to join us and unleash their inner artist with the PTA Reflections Arts Program! This year’s theme, “I Will Change the World By…,” calls for your students’ unique interpretation through the arts. Entries are all digital this year and the submission site can be found HERE. That site includes a link to the specific rules for each category. Entries are due by 11/3/21. If you have any questions about this program, you can contact Mrs. Patti Pullen

 

OCTOBER RESTAURANT NIGHT IS COMING SOON:

Save the date for Friday, October 29th from 11AM – 9PM at Dickey’s BBQ Pit in Fairfax (11199 Lee Highway). Make food plans for the long Halloween weekend (reminder: schools are closed Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 1 & 2) with their party packs. More details to come...

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IMPACT AID SURVEYS DUE:

Impact Aid Surveys were sent home recently with students. THANK YOU to all who have returned them. If you haven’t done so, please take a moment to complete the survey and return it with your student to their Falcon Focus teacher ASAP. Returning this form is important because the information from this survey results in additional grants and funding from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support students, schools, and centers. If you have any questions please contact Frost's Impact Aid Coordinator, Rema Cancino

 

SUPPORTING the PTA is EASY:

JOIN the PTA!

Thank you in advance for your continued support of our students and teachers. It is greatly appreciated!

The Frost SPIRIT WEAR Store is OPEN!

All funds raised go towards PTA-sponsored causes including the Grants Program, which funds programs for Frost students that are not otherwise available.

ARE YOU AN AMAZON SHOPPER?

Shop at AmazonSmile, choose Robert Frost Middle PTA, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases back to the PTA!

 

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Family Life Education Reminder and Zoom Link - October 19.2021

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Family Life Education Parent Information Night

Students in grades 7-8 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their health and physical education course.  Students receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

You are invited to attend the Frost FLE Parent Information Night on October 19 at 7:00pm, via Zoom.  The link will be provided on October 18.  All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

Please join us!

Topic: FLE Parent Preview Night

Time: Oct 19, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97067120666

Meeting ID: 970 6712 0666

Dial by your location

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Meeting ID: 970 6712 0666

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Frost PTA News: October 11 - 15, 2021

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UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Tues, Nov. 9: PTA Meeting; 7:30PM

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Oct. 19 & 20 - Hearing & Vision Screenings:

We are looking for several more volunteers to help Leslie Grottle, Frost’s School Health Aide, with the annual 7th grade hearing and vision screenings next week on Tues. Oct. 19 and Wed. Oct. 20 during all PE classes. For each period on those two days, she needs 7 volunteers: 4 for the hearing screening and 3 for the vision screening. Bagels, coffee, and lunch will be provided for volunteers. Please review the Hearing/Vision Signup to volunteer. Thank you!

 

IMPACT AID SURVEYS DUE OCTOBER 20th:

Impact Aid Surveys will be sent home with students October 19th. Please take a moment to complete the survey and return it with your student to their Falcon Focus teacher the following day, Wednesday, October 20th. Returning this form is important because the information from this survey results in additional grants and funding from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support students, schools, and centers. If you have any questions please contact Frost's Impact Aid Coordinator, Rema Cancino

 

SUPPORTING the PTA is EASY:

JOIN the PTA!

Thank you in advance for your continued support of our students and teachers. It is greatly appreciated!

The Frost SPIRIT WEAR Store is OPEN!

All funds raised go towards PTA-sponsored causes including the Grants Program, which funds programs for Frost students that are not otherwise available.

ARE YOU AN AMAZON SHOPPER?

Shop at AmazonSmile, choose Robert Frost Middle PTA, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases back to the PTA!

 

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This Week at Frost - October 8, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost MS Community!

I am very excited to announce some new additions to the Frost MS community. I am happy to announce that we have found a new school-based technology specialist, Ms. Amy Burk! Ms. Burk joins us from Westgate ES and she extremely excited to get to know you and jump right in to begin supporting teachers and teams. She has a wealth of experience in the role, as she has been an SBTS for 19 years! Please join me in welcoming Ms. Amy Burk to Frost MS!

We also expect our new safety and security specialist, Mr. Michael Davis, and our new family (formerly parent) liaison, Pamela Meredith, to start next week! More information to come! We are extremely excited to bring these new additions on to our team to support our school community!

This week we also welcomed Mr. Phil Hudson to Frost! He has hit the ground running and is quickly becoming acclimated to the school and our school community! I know he is going to be an amazing addition to Frost MS!

Don’t forget next Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, is a student holiday and teacher professional development day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and honors the beautiful traditions and cultures of Indigenous People, not just in America, but around the world!

On Tuesday, students will start their day in 4th period! All 7th grade students and new to Frost 8th grade students will participate. Information has been sent out the past few weeks and can also be found below in “In Other News”.

As always, “Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle!” We are #ONEFrost!

 

Anthony Harris

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

October 11                                          School Planning Day/Student Holiday

October 13                                          School Picture Day (Odd day PE classes)

October 18                                          School Picture Day (Even day PE classes)

October 29                                          End of 1st Quarter      

November 1 – 2                                  Teacher Workdays/Student Holidays

November 11                                      Veterans’ Day – Two Hour Early Release

November 24 – 26                              Thanksgiving Holiday

 

New This Week

Impact Aid Coming Soon!

The Impact Aid Program is a federal program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program’s mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned, and therefore tax exempt, property.  As you can imagine, Impact Aid funds are especially important in Fairfax County, since we have such a large military and federal presence.

Impact Aid surveys will be sent home with students October 19th.  Please take a moment to complete the survey and return it with your student on October 20, when it will be collected by their Falcon Focus teacher. We are required to collect a completed Impact Aid form from every family and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions please contact Frost's Impact Aid Coordinator,  Rema Cancino at rlcancino@fcps.edu 

 

Off and Away for the Day – Reminders

As you know, Frost MS is an Away for the Day School again this year. Students will be required to turn phones/electronic devices off and keep them in their backpacks from 7:30-2:15 with the following exceptions:

  • Before School- during breakfast
  • Brain Breaks
  • Lunch

Students who are observed using their phones during the school day can expect the following consequences:

  • The first and second violations will result in the phone being confiscated from the student and kept in the front office for the student to pick up at dismissal. 
  • The third and subsequent violations will require a parent/guardian to pick up the phone in the main office.
  • Parents/guardians will be notified after the 2nd violation as a reminder. 

Please review this policy and the consequences with your students. 

 

Going Home with a Friend on a Different Bus?  Here’s How….

If a student wants to ride home on a different bus with a friend, each student will need to submit a note from their parent/guardian giving permission to ride home with another student.  Students must give those notes to the front office before the end of lunch in to allow for sufficient time to issue a bus pass to the student.

 

How to Check Your Student Out Early

If you know in advance that you will need to check your student out of school early, please have them bring a note to the front office that morning and a pink check-out form will be given to your student to allow them to leave class at the time noted.  You will need to meet them in the front office with your ID to sign them out. 

If they are coming back that same day, a parent does not need to sign the student back in.  Students will come to the front office and sign themselves back in and we will give them a pass back to class. NOTE: Please check to make sure your emergency contact list is accurate.  Only adults listed on your student’s emergency contact list can sign a student out (with photo ID).  

 

Vaccination Clinic Opens Today

Widespread vaccination is working to keep our students learning in person in FCPS. As of this week, 0.004% of FCPS’ approximately 180,000 students are impacted by quarantines. If you, your child, or someone you know is eligible to receive the vaccine or a booster, we have great news for you. 

A multi-agency effort to move into the next phase of vaccinations, with booster shots and the potential for children under 12 to be vaccinated, launches the Fairfax Community Vaccination Center (Fairfax CVC) on Friday, October 8. This large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic will open at the former Lord & Taylor store at Tysons Corner Center.

The center will offer:

  • First and second doses of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
  • Booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to individuals eligible for the vaccine booster.
  • An additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for individuals who are immunocompromised.

The Fairfax CVC will operate Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Individuals seeking a booster of the Pfizer vaccine or an additional dose of either vaccine are asked to bring their vaccination card showing the dates of previous doses. 

Read more about the Fairfax CVC online. To find an appointment visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA. 

 

In Other News....

SOS Prevention Program

On September 10th, families of all 7th grade students and new 8th grade students to Frost , were sent information via email of the upcoming SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program.  The materials used in the education and screener are utilized in all secondary schools in FCPS. The program is primarily educational in nature and has proven to be successful at increasing help seeking behaviors by students concerned about themselves or a friend. It is the only school-based suicide prevention program listed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices that both addresses depression and suicide risk and reduces suicide attempts. 

The wellness education video, which we will show during Falcon Focus Advisory, focuses on depression awareness and suicide prevention by teaching students to “ACT,” or Acknowledge, Care, and Tell when they are worried about a friend. After the video, students will have the opportunity to complete a short wellness screener (BSAD). The screening does not provide a diagnosis of depression. School counselors and clinical staff will be available to address any concerns raised following the screening and work with families to connect with outside resources as needed.

Parents are encouraged to learn more about the ACT acronym and suicide prevention by watching this videoYour student will automatically view the educational video and complete the wellness screener on Tuesday, October 12th, unless opted-out. Please either complete this opt-out form or return a copy of the form (that should be received in the mail this week) to Student Services no later than Wednesday, October 6. An email confirmation will be sent that the opt-out was received. 

World Languages Credit Exam

Students who are able to read and write fluently in another language can earn high school graduation credit through the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam. Registration is open from September 13 – October 13. Students/parents can register with their counselor by completing this Google Form. Parents will receive a confirmation email once registration is completed. Exams are offered in 30 languages, and will be administered on November 16, 17, & 18. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. The Credit Exam requires students to write multiple well-developed essays about personal experiences using complete sentences and at least three cohesive paragraphs. For more information, please visit the World Languages Credit Exam website.

 

AMC 8 Competition

This mathematics competition is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills.  The AMC 8 is being held on Tuesday, January 18th during Falcon Focus.  Math teachers have shared information about the exam, but additional information can also be found here.  In order to participate, a student needs to register before Friday, October 22nd using the google link here.  

 

Grading Information

All Frost staff will be using a Rolling (cumulative) Gradebook. Final grades are determined by a combination of all assignments and assessments over the course of the entire school year.  It is not an average of quarter marks.  The grade posted at the end of each traditional quarter is a snapshot of a student’s current progress in the course.  Video regarding the Rolling Gradebook can be found here.

  • Please remember that while assignments and grades may appear in both Schoology and SIS; SIS is the gradebook of record.
  • See individual class syllabus for specific weighting of assignments, late work, make-up work, and retake policies.
  • Teachers will continue to update the gradebook, generally within 7 school days, of an assignment due date.
  • Grades can be viewed by students and parents on an ongoing basis with a SIS account accessible here beginning 9/7.  
  • Parents will receive weekly snapshot grades that are pushed out by the county (these are grades only without specific assignments per class) beginning in mid-September.
  • Teachers will also be emailing detailed progress reports throughout the school year (see timeline below). 
  • At the end of the quarter, progress reports will be emailed and a snapshot of the child’s grade in each class will be posted on the Report Card tab in SIS.
  • Report cards will not be provided, unless requested, as the grade is not a final grade for the quarter due to use of the rolling gradebook.

Detailed progress reports (per class) will be emailed to parents by 3 PM on the dates below (approximately every 4.5 weeks throughout the year):

 

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Begins August 23

Begins Nov 3

Begins Jan 25

Begins Apr 11

Progress Reports 

Sept 8

Progress Reports Nov 17

Progress Reports

Feb 9

Progress Reports

Apr 27

Progress Reports Sept 22 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Dec 8 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Mar 2 (Interim)

Progress Reports

May 11 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Oct 13

Progress Reports

Jan 5

Progress Reports

Mar 16

Progress Reports

May 25

Quarter Ends 

Oct 29th, Snapshot grade available Nov 4th

Quarter Ends 

Jan 20th, Snapshot grade available Jan 26th

Quarter Ends 

Mar 31st, Snapshot grade available Apr 13th

Last Day of School June 10th, Final grades available after June 8th

 

Schoology---Resources for Parents

Need help logging in to Schoology? Use the quick videos on this page for more information!

Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

 

How to Report an Absence

If your child is sick or will be absent for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by reporting an absence. Form submissions are monitored throughout the day by our office staff and your child’s attendance will be updated in SIS for our teachers. You can find the form at the bottom of our Frost MS WebpageYou can use this direct link also. 

Frost Needs Student Monitors and a COVID Case Manager!

We are always looking for support to provide student supervision during the school day! If you know of anyone who is interested in working at Frost MS as a student monitor or a COVID Case Manager or if you would like to apply, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/current-job-openings and look for Operational Job openings to apply or contact Ms. Kenya Champ for more information.

 

Label Everything with Your Child’s Name!

We are already experiencing things being left behind in classes and during lunch. To ensure you are getting your belongings back home each day, it is VERY important that you LABEL EVERYTHING! If there is a name on an item, it is much easier to get things back to the correct student. 

As we get into fall and winter weather (it will eventually get here), please be sure to label your child’s jackets, coats, hats, and any other outerwear they will bring to school. Many students will have the same jackets - so a label makes identifying who an item belongs to so much easier. Please LABEL EVERYTHING!

 

FCPS Needs Bus Drivers!

New Incentive - New drivers will receive a $3,000 signing bonus - $1,500 after consecutive employment of 90 workdays, and $1,500 will be given after the first 180 working days (paid school days) if the driver receives a satisfactory  evaluation, and is recommended for continued employment with Transportation Services.  We hope this helps us to add many new bus drivers to our team!

New Hourly Rate for School Bus Drivers - We are also excited to say our starting bus driver pay has increased to $22.91.

For more information, please contact the Applicant Center - Connie Lovejoy at 571-423-3023.

 

Returning Strong- Health and Safety Measures

FCPS is returning strong for a strong school year this fall. Students will engage in in-person learning five days a week in safe and supportive schools. 

As we prepare to welcome students back to the classroom, COVID-19 case numbers are increasing in Fairfax County, driven by the highly-contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. The key to maintaining a healthy environment for learning is a robust vaccination rate and layered prevention strategies, including universal masking.

There are three things we can all do to start strong this fall:

  1. Wear a mask
  2. Get vaccinated
  3. Stay connected

 

FCPS Resources:

Return to School Webpage

Return to School- Safety Webpage

The Student Health and Safety Document is continually updated and provides detailed information on school policies and protocols related to COVID-19 such as adherence to layered prevention strategies. These guidance documents will continue to be updated to align with public health guidance.

VDOE Resource:

The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Virginia Department of Education launched the Healthy Back to School COVID-19 Website as a resource for schools and families.

 

 

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Family Life Education Parent Information Night - October 19, 2021

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Family Life Education Parent Information Night

 

Students in grades 7-8 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their health and physical education course.  Students receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

You are invited to attend the Frost FLE Parent Information Night on October 19 at 7:00pm, via Zoom.  The link will be provided on October 18.  All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

 

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
    • Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.
  • Your child’s school. Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lesson only. Media is not available.

 

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fleIf you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify your child’s school principal or assistant principal in writing before instruction begins.

 

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for students who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

 

Instruction occurs at various times during the school year.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific dates of FLE instruction. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

 

For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle.

 

 

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Frost PTA News - October 4 - 8, 2021

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UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

TONIGHT, Oct. 5: PTA Meeting: ALL WELCOME; 7:30pm

 

October PTA Meeting TONIGHT:

Please join us at 7:30PM in-person (Room 508) or virtual via live stream. Ms. Megan Counts will be talking about the process and services provided by the Frost Special Education department and Mr. Phil Hudson, our new Assistant Principal, will also join us for a meet-and-greet. We hope to see you there.

 

SUPPORTING the PTA is EASY:

JOIN the PTA!

Thank you in advance for your continued support of our students and teachers. It is greatly appreciated!

The Frost SPIRIT WEAR Store is OPEN!

All funds raised go towards PTA-sponsored causes including the Grants Program, which funds programs for Frost students that are not otherwise available.

ARE YOU AN AMAZON SHOPPER?

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PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Oct. 19 & 20 - Hearing & Vision Screenings:

Leslie Grottle, Frost’s School Health Aide, is looking for volunteers to help with the annual 7th grade hearing and vision screenings on Tues. Oct. 19 and Wed. Oct. 20 during all PE classes. For each period on those two days, she needs 7 volunteers: 4 for the hearing screening and 3 for the vision screening. Bagels, coffee, and lunch will be provided for volunteers. Please review the Hearing/Vision Signup to volunteer. Thank you! 

 

UPCOMING FUN, COMMUNITY EVENT - DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

A local nonprofit, Kids Give Back, (whose mission is to inspire the next generation of volunteer leaders by providing kids meaningful and fun volunteer opportunities) is hosting their first fundraiser on October 16th called, Costumes for Kids. At this fun event, kids will create Halloween candy bags for other kids in need, plus enjoy music, face painting, pumpkin painting, and more.

 

There are 3 ways Frost families can join the fun while also helping others in need:

  1. HALLOWEEN COSTUME DONATIONS: One of the big things this event needs help with is obtaining costume donations for students in need at Woodburn ES. Most costumes of interest are animals, kings, princes, and princesses that will fit students in grades K-3. The costumes are all based upon storybook characters. Here is the costume wish-list. All costume donations can be dropped off at Frost’s main office in a bag with the size and costume description included by Friday, October 8. Complete costumes, pieces of costumes, and/or used costumes all gratefully accepted.
  2. ATTEND Costumes for Kids: Join us! This event is a Kids Give Back fundraiser, and tickets are only $10 each for a great afternoon of volunteering and fall fun. AND, Frost Middle School’s very own Ms. J will be in attendance and hosting a Fake Wound table—and that’s a fabulous reason to attend! 😊
  3. VOLUNTEER: Kids Give Back is also looking for teen volunteers to assist with this fun, worthwhile event! So, grab a friend and come volunteer while having fun at the same time.

Questions? Please contact Denise Gavilan, Executive Director, Kids-Give-Back.

 

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This Week at Frost - October 1, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost MS Community!

I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous weather! There is a lot going at Frost MS over the next few weeks and I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of these events. More details can be found below.

  • After School Program: This week we started our after school program! It is so exciting to see so many students taking advantage of the many offerings we have after school! All students must register in advance before attending any after school activities. Please click here for registration information.   You can sign up here if you haven’t done so already! There are a lot of reminders and more information concerning the after school program below in the In Other News section.
  • PTA Meeting: The next PTA meeting will take place October 5 at 7:30 PM. This is a wonderful organization that has a place for all FMS families. The link for this session can be found below. We hope to see you there!
  • Picture Day coming soon: Lifetouch photographers will be at Frost in a couple of weeks to take individual student portraits during your student's Health and PE class.

It looks like there is going to be some incredible Fall weather during the next few days. Have a wonderful weekend. 

As always, “Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle!” We are #ONEFrost!

 

Anthony Harris

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

October 5                                            PTA Meeting (Information Below)

October 11                                          School Planning Day/Student Holiday

October 13                                          School Picture Day (Odd day PE classes)

                                                            Choir Pyramid Concert at Woodson HS

October 18                                          School Picture Day (Even day PE classes)

October 20                                          Orchestra Concert at Woodson HS

October 27                                          Symphonic Band Concert at Woodson HS

October 29                                          End of 1st Quarter      

November 1 – 2                                  Teacher Workdays/Student Holidays

November 11                                      Veterans’ Day – Two Hour Early Release

 

In Other News....

Frost MS PTA Meeting

We look forward to welcoming families to our next PTA meeting on October 5th at 7:30 PM. We will hold the meeting in person in Room 508 and also live stream the meeting as well. The link is provided here: Join Zoom Meeting https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93798697120?pwd=SUg0ZjlpQzZYY0J0Vmg5M0dEK1RpQT09

Frost MS After School Program Information

The Frost MS After School Program will meet in-person, five days a week beginning on September 27th, from 2:30 - 4:30pm.  We will have late buses three days a week on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.  Parent Pick up days are Tuesday & Friday (No late buses). 

Our goal is to provide quality programming in the areas of recreation, academic enrichment, social skills, youth development, physical health, wellness, and for students to create connections to their peers, their school, and their community. Students choose specific clubs of interest and attend on those meeting dates.  

Please note the following important reminders about the after school program:

  • Communication is key! Now that the after school program has begun it is important that you communicate with your child to know if and when they plan to stay after school. Students can stay after to get academic support from teachers or to participate in one our various club offerings. You should know which club(s) your child plans to attend and what time you plan to pick them up if they are not riding the late bus.

 

  • Late Buses

 

  • Late Buses- There are only three late bus days- Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students and families are reminded that on Tuesday and Friday students should only stay after if they know, in advance, that their parents will be able to pick them up from school. Please communicate with your child and discuss their plans so that they know you are able to pick them up on Tuesday and Friday if they plan to stay on these days.

 

  • Late Bus/After School Dismissal- The late buses will begin to arrive at Frost MS starting at 4:30 pm. Most often, the late buses leave Frost MS grounds between 4:45-5:05 pm. Please make note that students may not be home until after 5:30 or 6:00 pm in some instances on late bus days.

 

  • Stops may be different. Please note that your child’s late bus stop may be different than their normal bus stop for the regular buses. Please review your child’s late bus stop, late bus number with them. This information can be found in Parent Vue where the bus information is located. You will see FILR in front of the bus number- this will identify the late bus run.

 

  • Picking up early? No problem! Parents can pick up their children at any time if they are staying after school.

 

  • Only students identified as walkers can walk home from the after school program.

 

  • For safety and security and accountability purposes, once a student leaves campus they are not allowed to return to participate in the after school program. (for example: a student can not go to Fair City Mall, or to a friend’s home and then return to participate and then ride a late bus home) Parents will have to pick up your child in these cases.

 

  • For any and all questions regarding the after school program, please contact Ms. Metzker at dlmetzker@fcps.edu

StreamIN/CheckIN

StreamIN/CheckIN is FCPS’ solution for providing meaningful instructional support to students who are paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19. No later than Day 3 of a student’s COVID-related absence, schools will provide student supports that include: 

    • Livestreaming (StreamIN) of direct instruction via Zoom or Google Meet. Teachers may choose to record lessons instead of livestreaming. This is NOT concurrent or hybrid learning. The remote student’s camera and audio will be off, but they will be able to watch and listen. 
    • Asynchronous access to class assignments.
    • Interactive check-ins with teachers every other school day for academic and social-emotional support. Students will also have weekly check-ins with an assigned staff member.

 

StreamIN/CheckIN will be implemented no later than Monday, September 27. After that date, teachers will begin to livestream no later than Day 3 of a student being paused, quarantined, or isolated. If the teacher is already streaming for another student, access may be available sooner. Teachers may choose to record sessions instead of livestreaming them. Teachers will make the materials assigned during the class available, via Schoology, to any student not physically present.

Please note that StreamIN/CheckIN will not be provided unless a student within a class has been paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19 exposure. These supports are NOT available to students who are absent from school for any other reason. 

AMC 8 Competition

This mathematics competition is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills.  The AMC 8 is being held on Tuesday, January 18th during Falcon Focus.  Math teachers have shared information about the exam, but additional information can also be found here.  In order to participate, a student needs to register before Friday, October 22nd using the google link here.  

 

AAP Advanced Academics Fall Screening

This pertains specifically to those students newly enrolled in FCPS and attending after January 2021.  Information regarding the Level IV Advanced Academics Program in FCPS can be found here.  The referral form and optional screening materials are due to your child’s school counselor no later than October 7, 2021 if you would like to pursue eligibility (final decisions to be shared in December). Students who do not have cognitive testing score on file will be offered the opportunity in late October to take the CogAT. Please contact your child’s counselor with questions. 

 

SOS Prevention Program

On September 10th, families of all 7th grade students and new 8th grade students to Frost , were sent information via email of the upcoming SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program.  The materials used in the education and screener are utilized in all secondary schools in FCPS. The program is primarily educational in nature and has proven to be successful at increasing help seeking behaviors by students concerned about themselves or a friend. It is the only school-based suicide prevention program listed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices that both addresses depression and suicide risk and reduces suicide attempts. 

The wellness education video, which we will show during Falcon Focus Advisory, focuses on depression awareness and suicide prevention by teaching students to “ACT,” or Acknowledge, Care, and Tell when they are worried about a friend. After the video, students will have the opportunity to complete a short wellness screener (BSAD). The screening does not provide a diagnosis of depression. School counselors and clinical staff will be available to address any concerns raised following the screening and work with families to connect with outside resources as needed.

Parents are encouraged to learn more about the ACT acronym and suicide prevention by watching this videoYour student will automatically view the educational video and complete the wellness screener on Tuesday, October 12th, unless opted-out. Please either complete this opt-out form or return a copy of the form (that should be received in the mail this week) to Student Services no later than Wednesday, October 6. An email confirmation will be sent that the opt-out was received. 

 

World Languages Credit Exam

Students who are able to read and write fluently in another language can earn high school graduation credit through the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam. Registration is open from September 13 – October 13. Students/parents can register with their counselor by completing this Google Form. Parents will receive a confirmation email once registration is completed. Exams are offered in 30 languages, and will be administered on November 16, 17, & 18. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. The Credit Exam requires students to write multiple well-developed essays about personal experiences using complete sentences and at least three cohesive paragraphs. For more information, please visit the World Languages Credit Exam website.

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman.

 

New Process to Speed up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to the Classroom

FCPS heard from many of you about your concerns regarding the amount of time fully vaccinated students are being paused from in-person instruction when identified as a potential close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. 

FCPS collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust this process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. We all share the goal of ensuring our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone—staff, students, and visitors.

The new process benefits all students, including those of elementary school age who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Because contact tracers will no longer have to contact families of students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they will now be able to focus more resources on elementary school investigations. This will allow elementary school students, among others, to return to the classroom quicker.

More information is available online

 

Schoology---Resources for Parents

Need help logging in to Schoology? Use the quick videos on this page for more information!

Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

 

How to Report an Absence

If your child is sick or will be absent for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by reporting an absence. Form submissions are monitored throughout the day by our office staff and your child’s attendance will be updated in SIS for our teachers. You can find the form at the bottom of our Frost MS WebpageYou can use this direct link also. 

 

Frost Needs Student Monitors and a COVID Case Manager!

We are always looking for support to provide student supervision during the school day! If you know of anyone who is interested in working at Frost MS as a student monitor or a COVID Case Manager or if you would like to apply, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/current-job-openings and look for Operational Job openings to apply or contact Ms. Kenya Champ for more information.

 

Label Everything with Your Child’s Name!

We are already experiencing things being left behind in classes and during lunch. To ensure you are getting your belongings back home each day, it is VERY important that you LABEL EVERYTHING! If there is a name on an item, it is much easier to get things back to the correct student. 

As we get into fall and winter weather (it will eventually get here), please be sure to label your child’s jackets, coats, hats, and any other outerwear they will bring to school. Many students will have the same jackets - so a label makes identifying who an item belongs to so much easier. Please LABEL EVERYTHING!

 

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Frost PTA News - September 27 - October 1, 2021

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PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Oct. 19 & 20 - Hearing & Vision Screenings:

Leslie Grottle, Frost’s School Health Aide, is looking for volunteers to help with the annual 7th grade hearing and vision screenings on Tues. Oct. 19 and Wed. Oct. 20 during all PE classes. For each period on those two days, she needs 7 volunteers: 4 for the hearing screening and 3 for the vision screening. Bagels, coffee, and lunch will be provided for volunteers. Please review the Hearing/Vision Signup to volunteer. Thank you!   

 

JOIN the PTA!

Please join the PTA for the 2021-2022 school year. PTA Membership is valuable for many reasons including the direct support it provides to the Frost community. Several of the programs and activities offered at Frost are supplemented, if not fully funded, by your membership dues. Dues are only $20 per family. Thank you in advance for your continued support of our students and teachers. It is greatly appreciated!

 

The Frost SPIRIT WEAR Store is OPEN:

Have you ordered you Spirit Wear yet? Please visit our online store to peruse the many cool offerings now available. We have loads of t-shirts, TONS of hoodies, and even PJ & sweatpants. All funds raised go towards PTA-sponsored causes including the Grants Program, which funds programs for Frost students that are not otherwise available.

 

ARE YOU AN AMAZON SHOPPER?

Supporting the Frost PTA is easy when you shop at AmazonSmile. Chose Robert Frost Middle PTA, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. There is no extra cost to you. Thank you!

 

1st FOOD TRUCK SOLD OUT - THANK YOU FROST FAMILIES!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Food Truck/Restaurant Night last week. New Gourmet Delight sold-out at 7:30pm! Thank you for your support. Stay-tuned for our next one.

 

UPCOMING FUN, COMMUNITY EVENT - DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

A local nonprofit, Kids Give Back, (whose mission is to inspire the next generation of volunteer leaders by providing kids meaningful and fun volunteer opportunities) is hosting their first fundraiser on October 16th called, Costumes for Kids. At this fun event, kids will create Halloween candy bags for other kids in need, plus enjoy music, face painting, pumpkin painting, and more.

 

There are 3 ways Frost families can join the fun while also helping others in need:

  1. HALLOWEEN COSTUME DONATIONS: One of the big things this event needs help with is obtaining costume donations for students in need at Woodburn ES. Most costumes of interest are animals, kings, princes, and princesses that will fit students in grades K-3. The costumes are all based upon storybook characters. Here is the costume wish-list. All costume donations can be dropped off at Frost’s main office in a bag with the size and costume description included by Friday, October 8. Complete costumes, pieces of costumes, and/or used costumes all gratefully accepted.
  2. ATTEND Costumes for Kids: Join us! This event is a Kids Give Back fundraiser, and tickets are only $10 each for a great afternoon of volunteering and fall fun. AND, Frost Middle School’s very own Ms. J will be in attendance and hosting a Fake Wound table—and that’s a fabulous reason to attend! 😊
  3. VOLUNTEER: Kids Give Back is also looking for teen volunteers to assist with this fun, worthwhile event! So, grab a friend and come volunteer while having fun at the same time.

 

Questions? Please contact Denise Gavilin, Executive Director, Kids-Give-Back.

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Tues, Oct. 5: PTA Meeting: ALL WELCOME; 7:30pm

 

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New Assistant Principal at Frost Middle School

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Greetings Frost MS Community,

 

Effective October 4, 2021, Mr. Phil Hudson will assume the assistant principal position at Frost Middle School.  Mr. Hudson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, as he has extensive experience as an administrator at Stone MS and Carson MS during his leadership career.  Mr. Hudson has been a tremendous leader for the Stone community the last few years, where he oversaw the management and coordination of several projects to enhance the overall grounds and facilities which will be invaluable as we embark upon our renovation journey.  Mr. Hudson has consistently built strong relationships with students, staff and family members to ensure students have access to a variety of opportunities.  He will be prominent in the hallways checking in with students, asking about their extra-curricular activities and being a constant resource and advocate for them. Mr. Hudson’s kind, compassionate and humorous approach will allow staff, students and families to feel comfortable and supported. His ability to connect and relate to others will afford the teams and departments Mr. Hudson will supervise to find a supportive leader with a student first attitude.

 

Mr. Hudson was the administrator over Math, Science, CTE, and Health/PE at Stone MS, Mr. Hudson did an excellent job leading his collaborative teams to support dynamic and creative instructional programming. Mr. Hudson is committed to empowering teacher leaders, as well as giving them the autonomy to be creative to enhance meaningful student-centered learning experiences.

 

On behalf of the Frost MS community, please join me in  welcoming Mr. Phil Hudson to our family! Please take a moment to read the message below from Mr. Hudson!

 

 

“Good afternoon Frost MS Community,

It is an honor that I have the privilege to be introduced as your new Assistant Principal at Frost Middle School.  I am so excited to see each student grow academically, socially, emotionally, which is why I have always chosen to be a middle school educator.  Being able to work with such a caring, knowledgeable, dedicated staff is such a privilege.  I look forward to working in partnership with Mr. Harris, the Frost staff, and community to continue the work and great traditions at Frost middle school. 

On a personal note, I am a native to Fairfax County and attended Fox Mill Elementary, Franklin Middle School, and Oakton High School.  I received my undergrade degree from Frostburg State University and my Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from George Mason University.  My wife, Amanda, and I have two amazing children.  Gavin is 9 years old and Lacey is 6.  When not accomplishing their school requirements, we enjoy spending time outdoors.  In addition, I am a life-long Washington Sports Fan. 

I have been dedicated to the field of education for twenty four years, all of which have been within Fairfax County Public Schools.  I started this journey at Jermantown Elementary as a Physical Education teacher.  At Rachel Carson Middle School, I spent 6 years as an Health and Physical Education Department Chair and 7 years as an Assistant Principal.  During this time, I worked to build the instructional leadership strength with our staff, with a focus on 21st century skills.  Most of this work has now moved towards the Portrait of a Graduate Skills.  Over the last four years, I have worked at Stone Middle School as an Assistant Principal supporting our focus on student growth and family connection.  I have a strong belief that with true collaboration and team work, we have the ability to create and foster a safe and nurturing learning environment for students and staff. 

 

I am so excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to meet you in the halls.”

 

Phil Hudson 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frost PTA News: September 20 - 24, 2021

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JOIN the PTA!

Please join the PTA for the 2021-2022 school year. PTA Membership is valuable for many reasons including the direct support it provides to the Frost community. Several of the programs and activities offered at Frost are supplemented, if not fully funded, by your membership dues. Dues are only $20 per family. Thank you in advance for your continued support of our students and teachers. It is greatly appreciated!

 

1st Food Truck/Restaurant Night TOMORROW Night:

Back by popular demand, New Gourmet Delight Food Truck!!

  • TOMORROW Night, Wednesday, September 22; 5-8pm timeslots.
  • Frost Middle School, front/right parking lot.
  • MENU **preorders ONLY - once the site cuts-off, all items are sold-out**
  • Click on items to place order.
  • Pickup at the Frost parking lot during your selected time slot.
  • 10% of proceeds to Frost PTA.
  • Thank you for supporting the Frost PTA and New Gourmet Delight!

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The Frost SPIRIT WEAR Store is OPEN:

Have you ordered you Spirit Wear yet? Please visit our online store to peruse the many cool offerings now available. We have loads of t-shirts, TONS of hoodies, and even PJ & sweatpants. All funds raised go towards PTA-sponsored causes including the Grants Program, which funds programs for Frost students that are not otherwise available.

 

REFLECTIONS Program Chair NEEDED:

We are looking for a volunteer to organize the Reflections Art Contest for Frost students this year. Reflections is an arts recognition program sponsored by the National PTA. Each year over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. The theme for 2021-2022 is “I Will Change The World By…”. This year’s submission deadline for Fairfax County is October 31st and all entries will again be collected digitally. Need more info before you decide to volunteer? Contact: Allison Pugsley, Frost PTA President.

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Wed., Sept. 22: New Gourmet Delight Food Truck; Frost parking lot; 5-8pm

Tues, Oct. 5: PTA Meeting: ALL WELCOME; 7:30pm

 

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Addendum to This Week at Frost - September 20, 2021

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Dear Frost Families,

We wanted to remind you that this week we will be conducting the Virginia Growth Assessment and re-post the links to our Back-to-School Night for your viewing and review.

 

Virginia Growth Assessment

The Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

For fall 2021, VGA will address content that was taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall’s VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and will offer information about areas of strength and areas for growth in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will generally take an assessment in both reading and mathematics. However, elementary and middle school students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing math course, such as Algebra 1, will not take a VGA for mathematics. 

The following points may help you and your student better understand this assessment. 

  • VGA must be taken in-person at school. 
  • This online, computer-adaptive test is about half as long as the spring SOL test.
  • Questions use Standards of Learning (SOL)-like items to measure current knowledge and skills in the content area.
  • Student results will be used to help school staff plan for instruction and supports.  

Here is the VGA schedule for Frost MS:

 

Virginia Growth Assessment – Math- September 21

Schedule for the day 

4th Period - 7:30-8:55am

2nd Period - as soon as testing ends - 10:25 am

6th and 8th Period continue as normal

 

Virginia Growth Assessment – English- September 23

Schedule for the day 

4th Period - 7:30-8:55am

2nd Period - as soon as testing ends - 10:25 am

6th and 8th Period continue as normal

 

 

Back to School Night

A special thank you to all who made the event a success! Below, you will see links to a video of the morning and evening sessions of BTSN and a copy of the slide deck.  In addition, please click here to watch the asynchronous teacher videos, if you have not had a chance to do so.

Recordings from our BTSN Presentations

BTSN Recording- Morning Session 9/14/21

BTSN Recording - Evening Session 9/14/21

BTSN Website

Final Back to School Night.pdf

 

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This Week at Frost September 17, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost MS Community!

This has been quite a busy week! We started the week strong with very well attended Back to School Night Sessions. A special thank you goes out to all who made the event a success! We will be posting a copy of the evening session of the BTSN video and a copy of the slide deck early next week. In the meantime, please click here to watch the asynchronous teacher videos, if you have not had a chance to do so.

As we all have seen in the news and may have heard around FCPS, we have also been contending with the recent “Devious Licks” TikTok trend. Frost MS administration has sent out communication to our faculty and staff, our parent community, as well as addressed students directly to curb this behavior. Please continue to speak to your children regarding this matter.  

We’ve also communicated that next week students will participate in the Virginia Growth Assessments for reading and math. These assessments are diagnostic in nature and are designed to give teachers information concerning where students may need additional support academically. We have communicated to students that they should simply try their best on these assessments. The material assessed will be concepts that they should have learned last school year in the previous grade level.

Finally, we will be saying goodbye to Mr. Joseph Berret soon! He will be moving on to be an Assistant Administrative Hearings Officer for FCPS. His first official day with the Hearing Office will be September 27th, however he will continue to support Frost MS as he transitions through October 22nd. Please join me in congratulating Mr. Joseph Berret on his new position and the next step on his leadership journey!

 

As always, “Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle!” We are #ONEFrost!

 

Anthony Harris

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

 

September 17                                     WTW Woodson Feeder Night at 6:30 pm (flyer attached) 

Woodson Feeder Night Flyer.doc

September 27                                     After School Program Begins

October 11                                          School Planning Day/Student Holiday

October 13                                          School Picture Day (Odd day PE classes)

October 18                                          School Picture Day (Even day PE classes)

October 29                                          End of 1st Quarter      

November 1 – 2                                  Teacher Workdays/Student Holidays

In Other News.....

 

World Languages Credit Exam

Students who are able to read and write fluently in another language can earn high school graduation credit through the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam. Registration is open from September 13 – October 13. Students/parents can register with their counselor by completing this Google Form. Parents will receive a confirmation email once registration is completed. Exams are offered in 30 languages, and will be administered on November 16, 17, & 18. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. The Credit Exam requires students to write multiple well-developed essays about personal experiences using complete sentences and at least three cohesive paragraphs. For more information, please visit the World Languages Credit Exam website.

 

Recordings from our BTSN Presentations and our September PTA Meeting and More!

PTA Meeting Recording – September 9th PTA Meeting

BTSN Recording- Morning Session 9/14/21

BTSN Recording - Evening Session 9/14/21

BTSN Slide Deck

BTSN Website

 

 

New Process to Speed up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to the Classroom

FCPS heard from many of you about your concerns regarding the amount of time fully vaccinated students are being paused from in-person instruction when identified as a potential close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. 

FCPS collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust this process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. We all share the goal of ensuring our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone—staff, students, and visitors.

The new process benefits all students, including those of elementary school age who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Because contact tracers will no longer have to contact families of students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they will now be able to focus more resources on elementary school investigations. This will allow elementary school students, among others, to return to the classroom quicker.

More information is available online

 

Grading Information

All Frost staff will be using a Rolling (cumulative) Gradebook. Final grades are determined by a combination of all assignments and assessments over the course of the entire school year.  It is not an average of quarter marks.  The grade posted at the end of each traditional quarter is a snapshot of a student’s current progress in the course.  Video regarding the Rolling Gradebook can be found here.

  • Please remember that while assignments and grades may appear in both Schoology and SIS; SIS is the gradebook of record.
  • See individual class syllabus for specific weighting of assignments, late work, make-up work, and retake policies.
  • Teachers will continue to update the gradebook, generally within 7 school days, of an assignment due date.
  • Grades can be viewed by students and parents on an ongoing basis with a SIS account accessible here beginning 9/7.  
  • Parents will receive weekly snapshot grades that are pushed out by the county (these are grades only without specific assignments per class) beginning in mid-September.
  • Teachers will also be emailing detailed progress reports throughout the school year (see timeline below). 
  • At the end of the quarter, progress reports will be emailed and a snapshot of the child’s grade in each class will be posted on the Report Card tab in SIS.
  • Report cards will not be provided, unless requested, as the grade is not a final grade for the quarter due to use of the rolling gradebook.

Detailed progress reports (per class) will be emailed to parents by 3 PM on the dates below (approximately every 4.5 weeks throughout the year):

 

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Begins August 23

Begins Nov 3

Begins Jan 25

Begins Apr 11

Progress Reports 

Sept 8

Progress Reports Nov 17

Progress Reports

Feb 9

Progress Reports

Apr 27

Progress Reports Sept 22 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Dec 8 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Mar 2 (Interim)

Progress Reports

May 11 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Oct 13

Progress Reports

Jan 5

Progress Reports

Mar 16

Progress Reports

May 25

Quarter Ends 

Oct 29th, Snapshot grade available Nov 4th

Quarter Ends 

Jan 20th, Snapshot grade available Jan 26th

Quarter Ends 

Mar 31st, Snapshot grade available Apr 13th

Last Day of School June 10th, Final grades available after June 8th

 

Schoology---Resources for Parents

Need help logging in to Schoology? Use the quick videos on this page for more information!

Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

 

Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

All students will be participating in a virtual Students’ Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) presentation during Falcon Focus (advisory). Students will view the school division’s SR&R update video. To learn more about the SR&R and access the full guide and/or the quick guide, please click HERE

How to Report an Absence

If your child is sick or will be absent for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by reporting an absence. Form submissions are monitored throughout the day by our office staff and your child’s attendance will be updated in SIS for our teachers. You can find the form at the bottom of our Frost MS WebpageYou can use this direct link also. 

 

Off and Away for the Day

Frost MS will be an Away for the Day School again this year. Students will be required to turn phones/electronic devices off and keep them in their backpacks from 7:30-2:15 with the following exceptions:

  • Before School- during breakfast
  • Brain Breaks
  • Lunch

Returning to school in the building provides an opportunity to reacclimate to school, peers, and communicating in person. We found students were more successful and focused in school with the implementation of Away from the Day two years ago but also realize our students look forward to using their device, even if limited.

 

Frost Needs Student Monitors and a COVID Case Manager!

We are always looking for support to provide student supervision during the school day! If you know of anyone who is interested in working at Frost MS as a student monitor or a COVID Case Manager or if you would like to apply, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/current-job-openings and look for Operational Job openings to apply or contact Ms. Kenya Champ for more information.

 

Label Everything with Your Child’s Name!

We are already experiencing things being left behind in classes and during lunch. To ensure you are getting your belongings back home each day, it is VERY important that you LABEL EVERYTHING! If there is a name on an item, it is much easier to get things back to the correct student. 

As we get into fall and winter weather (it will eventually get here), please be sure to label your child’s jackets, coats, hats, and any other outerwear they will bring to school. Many students will have the same jackets - so a label makes identifying who an item belongs to so much easier. Please LABEL EVERYTHING!

 

FCPS Needs Bus Drivers!

New Incentive - New drivers will receive a $3,000 signing bonus - $1,500 after consecutive employment of 90 workdays, and $1,500 will be given after the first 180 working days (paid school days) if the driver receives a satisfactory  evaluation, and is recommended for continued employment with Transportation Services.  We hope this helps us to add many new bus drivers to our team!

New Hourly Rate for School Bus Drivers - We are also excited to say our starting bus driver pay has increased to $22.91.

For more information, please contact the Applicant Center - Connie Lovejoy at 571-423-3023.

 

Returning Strong- Health and Safety Measures

FCPS is returning strong for a strong school year this fall. Students will engage in in-person learning five days a week in safe and supportive schools. 

As we prepare to welcome students back to the classroom, COVID-19 case numbers are increasing in Fairfax County, driven by the highly-contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. The key to maintaining a healthy environment for learning is a robust vaccination rate and layered prevention strategies, including universal masking.

There are three things we can all do to start strong this fall:

  1. Wear a mask
  2. Get vaccinated
  3. Stay connected

 

FCPS Resources:

Return to School Webpage

Return to School- Safety Webpage

The Student Health and Safety Document is continually updated and provides detailed information on school policies and protocols related to COVID-19 such as adherence to layered prevention strategies. These guidance documents will continue to be updated to align with public health guidance.

VDOE Resource:

The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Virginia Department of Education launched the Healthy Back to School COVID-19 Website as a resource for schools and families.

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Response to New TikTok Trend

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Greetings Frost MS Families!

You may be aware that there is a current trend that has emerged on the social media platform TikTok calling for students to vandalize schools in several ways and promote the acts under the tag, "Devious Licks."

Along with many other schools throughout FCPS, we have experienced some vandalism at Frost MS over the past two days and ask for your support in helping to make sure our students are not engaging in this unacceptable behavior. We are especially concerned because students are damaging hand sanitizer stands and stealing soap dispensers from our bathrooms which presents a challenge to maintaining a healthy and safe school environment.  

Our staff will be reminding our students that damaging school property is a violation of the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities and will carry disciplinary consequences. 

As a response to this behavior we will do the following:

  • Reiterate the expectation for students to go directly to class between transitions and arrive to every class on time. 
  • Remind teachers to only allow one student out of a classroom at a time .
  • Require students to leave cell phones in the classroom when requesting to use the restroom.
  • Increase supervision of bathrooms throughout the school day.
  • Close certain bathrooms that have been particularly of concern. 

Please remind your child not to engage in this type of behavior and to share information with a staff member if they hear of or witness an event. 

Thank you for your continued support!

 

 

 

Anthony Harris (He/Him/His)

Principal

Frost Middle School

703-426-5700

 

 

Frost is Committed to Equity!

I am committed to using my positional privilege to break down barriers and to open access and opportunity for ALL students in every aspect of their middle school experience. 

 

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This Week at Frost September 10, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost MS Community!

We had another great week at Frost MS! Our students are becoming more and more acclimated to middle school! It is fantastic to see! Simply put they are happy to be kids again! I look forward to getting out and seeing more students in action in the weeks to come.

We conducted our first PTA meeting of the school year on Thursday night! It was a great success with awesome turnout as we held it a PTA meeting in person for the first time in almost two years! The meeting was also live streamed and there was amazing participation online. Parent in attendance learned more about Schoology, the after school program, Frost MS renovation and more. The recording from the PTA meeting can be found here:

Next week, we look forward to hosting our Virtual Back to School Night! For security reasons, specific information will be sent in a separate message via eNotify on Monday and Tuesday of next week!

We are still missing forms from families and digital parental consent as well. Targeted emails have been sent out this week to ensure we have all of the information we need on file for all of our students. Please respond accordingly if you have received an email!

Finally, you should begin to see progress reports from your child’s classroom teachers. As outlined below, Frost MS faculty will send these progress reports every four and a half weeks or so. These detailed progress reports will be in addition to the weekly snapshot reports families receive from FCPS Parent Vue.

As always, “Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle!” We are #ONEFrost!

 

Anthony Harris

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

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September 14                                     Back to School Night (Virtual- more information below)

September 17                                     WTW Woodson Feeder Night at 6:30 pm (flyer attached) 

Woodson Feeder Night Flyer.doc

September 27                                     After School Program Begins

October 11                                          School Planning Day/Student Holiday

October 13                                          School Picture Day (Odd day PE classes)

October 18                                          School Picture Day (Even day PE classes)

October 29                                          End of 1st Quarter      

November 1 – 2                                  Teacher Workdays/Student Holidays

In Other News.....

        Back to School Night Information

 

This year the Back to School Night offerings at Frost MS will be all virtual with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous offerings. There will be two opportunities for families on September 14th to learn some information- Frost MS 101 from the admin team. These synchronous offerings will be held in the morning at 9 AM and in the evening at 7 PM to accommodate our families’ varied schedules and commitment. Frost MS administration will share a wide variety of information to include Health and Safety Protocols, Grading, information about Falcon Focus, etc...  Parents can choose to attend one of those sessions. The Zoom meeting link will be provided to parents through an e-Notify message next Monday and again on Tuesday.   

In addition, we will have our teachers provide information about their individual classes asynchronously. Families will be able to access these teacher-created videos beginning September 14th. Teachers will share course specific information with families in their videos. We will send out our Frost MS Back to School Night landing page closer to the event on September 14th. There will be no in-person events.

World Languages Credit Exam

Students who are able to read and write fluently in another language can earn high school graduation credit through the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam. Registration is open from September 13 – October 13. Students/parents can register with their counselor by completing this Google Form. Parents will receive a confirmation email once registration is completed. Exams are offered in 30 languages, and will be administered on November 16, 17, & 18. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. The Credit Exam requires students to write multiple well-developed essays about personal experiences using complete sentences and at least three cohesive paragraphs. For more information, please visit the World Languages Credit Exam website.

 

New Process to Speed up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to the Classroom

FCPS heard from many of you about your concerns regarding the amount of time fully vaccinated students are being paused from in-person instruction when identified as a potential close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. 

FCPS collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust this process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. We all share the goal of ensuring our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone—staff, students, and visitors.

The new process benefits all students, including those of elementary school age who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Because contact tracers will no longer have to contact families of students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they will now be able to focus more resources on elementary school investigations. This will allow elementary school students, among others, to return to the classroom quicker.

More information is available online

 

Grading Information

All Frost staff will be using a Rolling (cumulative) Gradebook. Final grades are determined by a combination of all assignments and assessments over the course of the entire school year.  It is not an average of quarter marks.  The grade posted at the end of each traditional quarter is a snapshot of a student’s current progress in the course.  Video regarding the Rolling Gradebook can be found here.

  • Please remember that while assignments and grades may appear in both Schoology and SIS; SIS is the gradebook of record.
  • See individual class syllabus for specific weighting of assignments, late work, make-up work, and retake policies.
  • Teachers will continue to update the gradebook, generally within 7 school days, of an assignment due date.
  • Grades can be viewed by students and parents on an ongoing basis with a SIS account accessible here beginning 9/7.  
  • Parents will receive weekly snapshot grades that are pushed out by the county (these are grades only without specific assignments per class) beginning in mid-September.
  • Teachers will also be emailing detailed progress reports throughout the school year (see timeline below). 
  • At the end of the quarter, progress reports will be emailed and a snapshot of the child’s grade in each class will be posted on the Report Card tab in SIS.
  • Report cards will not be provided, unless requested, as the grade is not a final grade for the quarter due to use of the rolling gradebook.

Detailed progress reports (per class) will be emailed to parents by 3 PM on the dates below (approximately every 4.5 weeks throughout the year):

 

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Begins August 23

Begins Nov 3

Begins Jan 25

Begins Apr 11

Progress Reports 

Sept 8

Progress Reports Nov 17

Progress Reports

Feb 9

Progress Reports

Apr 27

Progress Reports Sept 22 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Dec 8 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Mar 2 (Interim)

Progress Reports

May 11 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Oct 13

Progress Reports

Jan 5

Progress Reports

Mar 16

Progress Reports

May 25

Quarter Ends 

Oct 29th, Snapshot grade available Nov 4th

Quarter Ends 

Jan 20th, Snapshot grade available Jan 26th

Quarter Ends 

Mar 31st, Snapshot grade available Apr 13th

Last Day of School June 10th, Final grades available after June 8th

 

Schoology---Resources for Parents

Need help logging in to Schoology? Use the quick videos on this page for more information!

Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

 

Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

All students will be participating in a virtual Students’ Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) presentation during Falcon Focus (advisory). Students will view the school division’s SR&R update video. To learn more about the SR&R and access the full guide and/or the quick guide, please click HERE

How to Report an Absence

If your child is sick or will be absent for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by reporting an absence. Form submissions are monitored throughout the day by our office staff and your child’s attendance will be updated in SIS for our teachers. You can find the form at the bottom of our Frost MS WebpageYou can use this direct link also. 

 

Off and Away for the Day

Frost MS will be an Away for the Day School again this year. Students will be required to turn phones/electronic devices off and keep them in their backpacks from 7:30-2:15 with the following exceptions:

  • Before School- during breakfast
  • Brain Breaks
  • Lunch

Returning to school in the building provides an opportunity to reacclimate to school, peers, and communicating in person. We found students were more successful and focused in school with the implementation of Away from the Day two years ago but also realize our students look forward to using their device, even if limited.

 

Frost Needs Student Monitors and a COVID Case Manager!

We are always looking for support to provide student supervision during the school day! If you know of anyone who is interested in working at Frost MS as a student monitor or a COVID Case Manager or if you would like to apply, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/current-job-openings and look for Operational Job openings to apply or contact Ms. Kenya Champ for more information.

 

Label Everything with Your Child’s Name!

We are already experiencing things being left behind in classes and during lunch. To ensure you are getting your belongings back home each day, it is VERY important that you LABEL EVERYTHING! If there is a name on an item, it is much easier to get things back to the correct student. 

As we get into fall and winter weather (it will eventually get here), please be sure to label your child’s jackets, coats, hats, and any other outerwear they will bring to school. Many students will have the same jackets - so a label makes identifying who an item belongs to so much easier. Please LABEL EVERYTHING!

 

FCPS Needs Bus Drivers!

New Incentive - New drivers will receive a $3,000 signing bonus - $1,500 after consecutive employment of 90 workdays, and $1,500 will be given after the first 180 working days (paid school days) if the driver receives a satisfactory  evaluation, and is recommended for continued employment with Transportation Services.  We hope this helps us to add many new bus drivers to our team!

New Hourly Rate for School Bus Drivers - We are also excited to say our starting bus driver pay has increased to $22.91.

For more information, please contact the Applicant Center - Connie Lovejoy at 571-423-3023.

 

Parent Consent Needed: Digital Resources, YouTube - YouTube provides access to high quality educational videos that support FCPS instructional programs. In order to strengthen our YouTube controls and limit access to non-educational content, we are offering the ability for students to log onto YouTube with their FCPS Google account. With this additional layer of protection, FCPS will be able to implement stricter controls on videos available for student use in educational settings.

Starting September 1, 2021, parental consent will be required for students to access YouTube. Students with parental consent will experience strict filtering of YouTube videos to protect them from inappropriate content when logged in to their FCPS Google Account.

With this parent consent, students will be able to log on to YouTube and access educational videos approved by FCPS staff.

Without parental consent, students will not be able to access YouTube when signed in to Chrome or Edge with their FCPS Google account. In addition, students without parental consent will not be able to access videos approved by FCPS staff, unless those videos are embedded by a teacher into a Google Workspace product (such as a Google Slides presentation or Google Site). For more detailed information, review the FCPS Guide to Student YouTube Access.

 

Returning Strong- Health and Safety Measures

FCPS is returning strong for a strong school year this fall. Students will engage in in-person learning five days a week in safe and supportive schools. 

As we prepare to welcome students back to the classroom, COVID-19 case numbers are increasing in Fairfax County, driven by the highly-contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. The key to maintaining a healthy environment for learning is a robust vaccination rate and layered prevention strategies, including universal masking.

There are three things we can all do to start strong this fall:

  1. Wear a mask
  2. Get vaccinated
  3. Stay connected

 

FCPS Resources:

Return to School Webpage

Return to School- Safety Webpage

The Student Health and Safety Document is continually updated and provides detailed information on school policies and protocols related to COVID-19 such as adherence to layered prevention strategies. These guidance documents will continue to be updated to align with public health guidance.

VDOE Resource:

The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Virginia Department of Education launched the Healthy Back to School COVID-19 Website as a resource for schools and families.

 

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This Week at Frost - September 2, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greeting Frost MS Community!

We have two weeks down at Frost MS! It’s been great seeing our students back in the building and Affirming, Assessing and Advancing our students already! Relationship building and truly seeing our students for who they are is important to us! Returning back to school for 5 days is off to an awesome start for the 2021-22SY. We will continue to work with our students on the mitigation strategies we have in place and teaching our students about our classroom procedures. Students have done an amazing job these first two weeks! I am so proud.

Don’t forget Friday, September 3, and Monday, September 6, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends.

Tuesday, September 7th, is an Even Day so students will have their even numbered classes. Transportation is getting smoother both during arrival and dismissal. We will continue to adjust, as needed, at kiss & ride and bus dismissal. However, most students are riding the school buses and most buses are at Frost by 7:20 AM and the Kiss and Ride line begins to dwindle down at 7:25 AM. Students are doing a better job of remembering their bus numbers and working with school staff to find buses in the afternoon line-up.

Last week, we were able to offer options for our students during lunch even though we have limited space at Frost due to renovation. We are able to accommodate 60 to 70 students in our courtyard for additional cafeteria seating outside. We are excited to see everyone virtually at Back-to-School-Night on September 14th!  This is a time for our community to get know their child’s teachers and learn more about the courses our students are taking in addition to learning more about Frost MS! More information about BTSN is below.  Thank you in advance for all your patience, grace and understanding during this time as our staff and students transition back for 5 days. We are excited to serve our community.

As always, “Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle!” We are #ONEFrost!

Take a look at a message from our PTA president below!

 

Anthony Harris

 

News from the PTA

 

The Frost PTA will be holding our first general membership meeting on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm.  Please join us in person at Frost MS (Room 106) or online (link to be provided the morning of 9/9).  We will be joined by Mr. Harris and are planning to discuss the following topics: the new Schoology system, the ongoing construction at Frost MS, After School Activities, Back-to-School Night, and the Frost PTA budget.  We hope you can join us and we look forward to working with you all to make this a great year at Frost Middle School!

 

Allison Pugsley

Frost MS PTA President

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

September 3 – September 6              Labor Day Holiday

September 9                                       First PTA Meeting @ 7:30 PM in Room 106- Meeting will be streamed via Zoom as well- the link will be sent out the day of for security reasons.

September 14                                     Back to School Night (Virtual- more information below)

September 17                                     WTW Woodson Feeder Night at 6:30 pm (flyer attached) 

Woodson Feeder Night Flyer.doc

September 27                                     After School Program Begins

October 11                                          School Planning Day/Student Holiday

October 29                                          End of 1st Quarter      

November 1 – 2                                  Teacher Workdays/Student Holidays

In Other News....

Back to School Night Information

This year the Back to School Night offerings at Frost MS will be all virtual with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous offerings. There will be two opportunities for families on September 14th to learn some information- Frost MS 101 from the admin team. These synchronous offerings will be held in the morning at 9 AM and in the evening at 7 PM to accommodate our families’ varied schedules and commitment. Frost MS administration will share a wide variety of information to include Health and Safety Protocols, Grading, information about Falcon Focus, etc...  Parents can choose to attend one of those sessions.

In addition, we will have our teachers provide information about their individual classes asynchronously. Families will be able to access these teacher-created videos beginning September 14th. Teachers will share course specific information with families in their videos. We will send out our Frost MS Back to School Night landing page closer to the event on September 14th. There will be no in-person events.

 

Grading Information

All Frost staff will be using a Rolling (cumulative) Gradebook. Final grades are determined by a combination of all assignments and assessments over the course of the entire school year.  It is not an average of quarter marks.  The grade posted at the end of each traditional quarter is a snapshot of a student’s current progress in the course.  Video regarding the Rolling Gradebook can be found here.

  • Please remember that while assignments and grades may appear in both Schoology and SIS; SIS is the gradebook of record.
  • See individual class syllabus for specific weighting of assignments, late work, make-up work, and retake policies.
  • Teachers will continue to update the gradebook, generally within 7 school days, of an assignment due date.
  • Grades can be viewed by students and parents on an ongoing basis with a SIS account accessible here beginning 9/7.  
  • Parents will receive weekly snapshot grades that are pushed out by the county (these are grades only without specific assignments per class) beginning in mid-September.
  • Teachers will also be emailing detailed progress reports throughout the school year (see timeline below). 
  • At the end of the quarter, progress reports will be emailed and a snapshot of the child’s grade in each class will be posted on the Report Card tab in SIS.
  • Report cards will not be provided, unless requested, as the grade is not a final grade for the quarter due to use of the rolling gradebook.

Detailed progress reports (per class) will be emailed to parents by 3 PM on the dates below (approximately every 4.5 weeks throughout the year):

 

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Begins August 23

Begins Nov 3

Begins Jan 25

Begins Apr 11

Progress Reports 

Sept 8

Progress Reports Nov 17

Progress Reports

Feb 9

Progress Reports

Apr 27

Progress Reports Sept 22 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Dec 8 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Mar 2 (Interim)

Progress Reports

May 11 (Interim)

Progress Reports

Oct 13

Progress Reports

Jan 5

Progress Reports

Mar 16

Progress Reports

May 25

Quarter Ends 

Oct 29th, Snapshot grade available Nov 4th

Quarter Ends 

Jan 20th, Snapshot grade available Jan 26th

Quarter Ends 

Mar 31st, Snapshot grade available Apr 13th

Last Day of School June 10th, Final grades available after June 8th

 

Schoology---Resources for Parents

Need help logging in to Schoology? Use the quick videos on this page for more information!

Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

 

Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

All students will be participating in a virtual Students’ Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) presentation during Falcon Focus (advisory). Students will view the school division’s SR&R update video. To learn more about the SR&R and access the full guide and/or the quick guide, please click HERE

How to Report an Absence

If your child is sick or will be absent for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by reporting an absence. Form submissions are monitored throughout the day by our office staff and your child’s attendance will be updated in SIS for our teachers. You can find the form at the bottom of our Frost MS WebpageYou can use this direct link also. 

 

Off and Away for the Day

Frost MS will be an Away for the Day School again this year. Students will be required to turn phones/electronic devices off and keep them in their backpacks from 7:30-2:15 with the following exceptions:

  • Before School- during breakfast
  • Brain Breaks
  • Lunch

Returning to school in the building provides an opportunity to reacclimate to school, peers, and communicating in person. We found students were more successful and focused in school with the implementation of Away from the Day two years ago but also realize our students look forward to using their device, even if limited.

 

Breakfast is Served!

Breakfast is served every day in the cafeteria until 7:30 am. If your son or daughter would like breakfast, please remind them to get breakfast upon their arrival. Students will be able to get a pass to their first or second period class, if needed, in order to ensure they get breakfast! Quick reminder that breakfast and lunch are free to all students this school year!

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

This year breakfast and lunch are free to all students. However, if your family qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch, it is important to still complete the application so that families are able to qualify for the other free or reduced fees, such as student fees for supplies for elective classes.

  • The free and reduced meals application includes an online application for parents/guardians to submit the application electronically for faster processing.
  • The online free and reduced meals application is available in the following languages (to change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen): English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, Vietnamese, Korean
  • The online application can be completed on mobile devices.
  • If an email address is provided, notification will be e-mailed regarding approval.

To access the form, please click the following link: English Application

 

Label Everything with Your Child’s Name!

We are already experiencing things being left behind in classes and during lunch. To ensure you are getting your belongings back home each day, it is VERY important that you LABEL EVERYTHING! If there is a name on an item, it is much easier to get things back to the correct student. 

As we get into fall and winter weather (it will eventually get here), please be sure to label your child’s jackets, coats, hats, and any other outerwear they will bring to school. Many students will have the same jackets - so a label makes identifying who an item belongs to so much easier. Please LABEL EVERYTHING!

 

FCPS Needs Bus Drivers!

New Incentive - New drivers will receive a $3,000 signing bonus - $1,500 after consecutive employment of 90 workdays, and $1,500 will be given after the first 180 working days (paid school days) if the driver receives a satisfactory  evaluation, and is recommended for continued employment with Transportation Services.  We hope this helps us to add many new bus drivers to our team!

New Hourly Rate for School Bus Drivers - We are also excited to say our starting bus driver pay has increased to $22.91.

For more information, please contact the Applicant Center - Connie Lovejoy at 571-423-3023.

 

Forms Collection

Forms collection continues to be very successful, but we are still missing forms for around 300 students.  We will continue to collect forms through the next few weeks, until we have them for all of our students.  You may send forms in with you student or you may email them to Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu.

As a reminder:

You may access all required forms at this link.  Please review the following as you are completing forms:

REQUIRED FORMS

  • Emergency Care Form – Parents may complete the Emergency Care Form and print it or may update the form through WeCare.  If the form is updated through WeCare, you do not need to print a copy.  WeCare can be found at this link:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/30943.
  • Health Information Form:  You must complete and print a copy of the Health Information Form and bring it into school. 
  • After-School Program Registration – All families must register for the After-School Program, whether they intend to use it or not.  You may register online at the link, above, or fill out a paper copy at Frost.
  • Parent Consent for Instructional Digital Resources – The form is online as well and can be found at the link, above.  Or you can fill out a paper copy at Frost.

All forms will be available to fill out at Frost if you are unable to complete them online.

 

Parent Consent Needed: Digital Resources, YouTube - YouTube provides access to high quality educational videos that support FCPS instructional programs. In order to strengthen our YouTube controls and limit access to non-educational content, we are offering the ability for students to log onto YouTube with their FCPS Google account. With this additional layer of protection, FCPS will be able to implement stricter controls on videos available for student use in educational settings.

Starting September 1, 2021, parental consent will be required for students to access YouTube. Students with parental consent will experience strict filtering of YouTube videos to protect them from inappropriate content when logged in to their FCPS Google Account.

With this parent consent, students will be able to log on to YouTube and access educational videos approved by FCPS staff.

Without parental consent, students will not be able to access YouTube when signed in to Chrome or Edge with their FCPS Google account. In addition, students without parental consent will not be able to access videos approved by FCPS staff, unless those videos are embedded by a teacher into a Google Workspace product (such as a Google Slides presentation or Google Site). For more detailed information, review the FCPS Guide to Student YouTube Access.

 

Returning Strong- Health and Safety Measures

FCPS is returning strong for a strong school year this fall. Students will engage in in-person learning five days a week in safe and supportive schools. 

As we prepare to welcome students back to the classroom, COVID-19 case numbers are increasing in Fairfax County, driven by the highly-contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. The key to maintaining a healthy environment for learning is a robust vaccination rate and layered prevention strategies, including universal masking.

There are three things we can all do to start strong this fall:

  1. Wear a mask
  2. Get vaccinated
  3. Stay connected

 

FCPS Resources:

Return to School Webpage

Return to School- Safety Webpage

The Student Health and Safety Document is continually updated and provides detailed information on school policies and protocols related to COVID-19 such as adherence to layered prevention strategies. These guidance documents will continue to be updated to align with public health guidance.

VDOE Resource:

The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Virginia Department of Education launched the Healthy Back to School COVID-19 Website as a resource for schools and families.

 

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This Week at Frost - August 20, 2021

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Welcome to the 2021- 2022 School Year!

Greeting Frost MS Students and Families!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are extremely excited to welcome our students back to the building for five days a week of instruction. I hope everyone had a fantastic summer and that you are ready to be back at school! Your teachers have been preparing this week and are excited to welcome you to Frost MS! We will continue to work together to be #ONEFrost!

This year, I’ve asked our school staff to be prepared to “Build, Together!” Just as our school building is being renovated and will have a new look, so will our work as a faculty and staff! We are going to collectively build together supports and structure for our students’ academic and social and emotional learning this school year!

We know that FCPS has sent out communication asking parents to drive their children to school because of school bus driver shortages.  We have not been notified of that problem for Frost, so far!  If we are notified that we will have a driver shortage for Frost, we will communicate at the appropriate time. If your student is assigned a bus, we are asking you to please put them on their bus. The traffic with the construction will be challenging this school year!

You can find your child’s bus information in ParentVue. Go to Student Information, then click on Other Info.

There are plenty of updates in today’s edition of This Week at Frost! I hope you enjoy your weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone bright and early on Monday morning!

As always, “Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle!” We are #ONEFrost!

 

Anthony Harris

Things to Remember....

Student Schedules

They are now available on SIS.  Those students who cannot access their schedule or do not remember their first period class will be directed to the cafeteria where counselors will share that information and direct them to the appropriate classroom. All students will receive an additional paper copy in their first period classes.

 

First day of School Reminders

  • A bell schedule is available on Frost website.  Please review prior to the first day of school.  The first day is a BLUE day with periods 1, 3, 5, and 7.
  • Lunch assignments will be given on the first day of school through 5th period classes, and on Tuesday through 6th period classes. Teachers will escort their classes to the cafeteria for the appropriate lunch time and students will sit at assigned tables for the first couple of weeks. They will have an opportunity to change tables after that time.
  • If your student is a bus rider, please make sure you know their bus stop location, number, and time. You can find this in SIS. click here to log in to your Parent Vue Account. Please contact the transportation office directly with questions: 703-446-2050.
  • You can track your student’s bus route in real time using the app “Here Comes the Bus.” Use district code 28982.
  • Student supplies for the first day of school needs to be a backpack, fully charged laptop, pens/pencils, paper, and a folder. Students do not need to bring the full supply list with them on the first day of school. Students who do not already have a laptop will be issued one during first period.
  • Free breakfast and lunch are available for all students.  If students want an additional meal, they will need to pay the meal fee.
  • Students should charge their laptop every night and bring it with them to school every day.

 

Forms Collection

Forms collection this week was very successful, and we thank you!  We will continue to collect forms through the next few weeks, until we have them for all of our students.  You may send forms in with you student or you may email them to Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu.

As a reminder:

You may access all required forms at this link.  Please review the following as you are completing forms:

REQUIRED FORMS

  • Emergency Care Form – Parents may complete the Emergency Care Form and print it or may update the form through WeCare.  If the form is updated through WeCare, you do not need to print a copy.  WeCare can be found at this link:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/30943.
  • Health Information Form:  You must complete and print a copy of the Health Information Form and bring it into school. 
  • After-School Program Registration – All families must register for the After-School Program, whether they intend to use it or not.  You may register online at the link, above, or fill out a paper copy at Frost.
  • Parent Consent for Instructional Digital Resources – The form is online as well and can be found at the link, above.  Or you can fill out a paper copy at Frost.

All forms will be available to fill out at Frost if you are unable to complete them online.

OPTIONAL FORMS

These forms may not apply to you.  If so, you do not need to fill them out.  They can be found at the link, above, and we will have paper copies at forms collections.

  • Identification of Military-Connected Students
  • Homeless Referral Form

 

Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

 

Returning Strong- Health and Safety Measures

FCPS is returning strong for a strong school year this fall. Students will engage in in-person learning five days a week in safe and supportive schools. 

As we prepare to welcome students back to the classroom, COVID-19 case numbers are increasing in Fairfax County, driven by the highly-contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. The key to maintaining a healthy environment for learning is a robust vaccination rate and layered prevention strategies, including universal masking.

There are three things we can all do to start strong this fall:

  1. Wear a mask
  2. Get vaccinated
  3. Stay connected

 

FCPS Resources:

Return to School Webpage

Return to School- Safety Webpage

The Student Health and Safety Document is continually updated and provides detailed information on school policies and protocols related to COVID-19 such as adherence to layered prevention strategies. These guidance documents will continue to be updated to align with public health guidance.

VDOE Resource:

The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Virginia Department of Education launched the Healthy Back to School COVID-19 Website as a resource for schools and families.

Stay Connected Being connected to your school and division is important every year, and even more so now as we navigate our return to school. The best way to stay informed is to sign up for newsletters through News You Chose

Your school and FCPS have a variety of topics you can choose from, including:

  • School Newsletters- featuring everything you need to know about your child’s school
  • FCPS This Week- a weekly newsletter featuring news and happenings from across the division, published Wednesday mornings
  • School Board Meeting Update- a recap of important news coming out of school board meetings, published the Friday morning after the meeting
  • FCPS Employee News- weekly updates just for staff, published Tuesday mornings

 

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This Week at Frost - August 16, 2021

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Summer Events - Mark Your Calendars!

 

Meet the Principal was held on August 12 - Virtual Opportunity to Chat with Mr. Harris.  Here is the Presentation (Attached) and the Video.

Final Version Mr. Harris' Opening Parent Info Session.pdf

August 18th –Falcon Swoop- Open House/Walkaround- Self Guided Tours for Rising 8th   Grade Students- 9-11am

Returning 8th grade students can pick up their schedules and conduct self-guided tours on Wednesday, August 18th from 9:00 – 11:00am. This early morning time is to allow flexibility for families to come by before daily commitments begin. There are no planned activities for this two hour block. Students can spend as little as ten minutes, picking up the class schedule and practicing their walking routes for classes on the even and odd days for their schedule. For families who are not available to come by, schedules will be available in SIS beginning 8/18.  The clinic will be open for parents who wish to drop off forms and/or medications.  Also, we will be collecting all required beginning-of-year forms (see below) in the cafeteria.

 

August 19th - Orientation for Rising 7th Grade Students

This will take place for all rising 7th grade students (no registration necessary) on August 19th from 9-11 AM.  During the orientation students will receive their class schedules, have the opportunity to move to each class, and meet their teachers. The morning is for students only. 

Transportation will be provided from your local elementary school. The updated orientation bus information is attached to this message.

Both students and parents are invited to come that afternoon from 1-3 pm for self-guided tours to practice walking the student’s schedule.  No lockers will be distributed in the upcoming year due to the building renovation (students will be able to carry back packs). 

August 23rd - First Day of School!!!!

September 3rd - Student Holiday- No School

September 6th – Labor Day- No School

September 14th- Back to School Night- More details to come- combination of asynchronous and synchronous activities…There will be no in-person activities this year.

In Other News....

PTA Hosting Grab'n'Go Snacks Tomorrow, August 17

Summer is drawing to a close, and teachers are heading back into the classrooms. The PTA would like to ensure teachers keep their energy up as they prepare for the school year, and we'd love your help! 

We are setting up a snack table on Tuesday, August 17th for teachers to "grab and go" as they prepare their classrooms. If you can, please bring donations of the items listed on our Sign-Up Genius to the Frost MS office anytime between 8am and 3pm BEFORE Tuesday, August 17th. 

Here is the Sign-Up Genius Link:  

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

Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, please email the PTA Hospitality Chair at trishramirez@yahoo.com.

 

2021-2022 School Supply Lists

The supply lists for this year can be found at this link:

https://frostms.fcps.edu/academics/school-supply-list

  

Office Hours

Our office resumed normal hours on Monday, August 9. The office will be open Monday - Friday from 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM.

 

New Daily Bell Schedule

The bell schedule for the 2021-2022 can be found here.

 

Transportation Updates

Parents/guardians should review their Parent Vue account in Student Information System (SIS) for updated bus route assignment information after August 10, 2021.

 

ParentVue and StudentVue

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents and students access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

ParentVue:

StudentVue:

  • StudentVUE Accounts: All middle school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

 

Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

 

Required Forms

Please click on this link  to review the information and resources related to the following:

  • Emergency Care Form- Required Form
  • Health Information Form- Required Form
  • Medical Authorization Form- As Needed
  • Parent Consent for Instructional Digital Resources- Required Form
  • After School Program Registration- Required Form

 

News from the Frost Health Room

Greetings from your school health room!

Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a healthful, safe school year. Please read the following information carefully and, if you have any questions, feel free to call either your health room aide, Leslie Grottle, at 703-426-5710 or your school public health nurse, Carmen Gant, RN, at 703-704-6141.

Please bring your child’s medications to the health room beginning on Wednesday August 18th – 9-11 am (8th Grade- Falcon Swoop) and/or Thursday, August 19, 1-3PM 7th Grade.

Provide the school with properly labeled containers (your pharmacist will usually provide an extra container if you request it).

Health Information Forms can be filled out on WECARE@SCHOOL via SISParentVUE Account. Please make sure the correct forms are completed. Medications may not be accepted if the proper forms are not submitted with the prescriptions.

Epinephrine Authorization, Inhaler Authorization, Medication Authorization forms can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms and on our Frost MS website.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping to make this a safe and healthy school year for our students.

 

Required School Immunization Appointments Available

Documentation of immunization is required for students entering kindergarten, 7th grade, 12th grade, and new students transferring into FCPS. Vaccines are available through private physicians, pharmacies, and clinics. In addition, the Fairfax County Health Department offers school-required immunizations for free at the following locations:

  • Annandale District Office: 7611 Little River Tnpk., #400-E, Annandale, VA
  • Herndon/Reston District Office: 1850 Cameron Glen Dr., #100, Reston, VA
  • Joseph Willard Health Center: 3750 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA
  • Mount Vernon District Office: 8350 Richmond Hwy., #233 Alexandria, VA
  • Springfield District Office: 8136 Old Keene Mill Rd., 1st Fl., #A-100, Springfield, VA

Limited evening and weekend appointments are available. Please call early to schedule your appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.

 

Returning Strong- Health and Safety Measures

FCPS is returning strong for a strong school year this fall. Students will engage in in-person learning five days a week in safe and supportive schools. 

As we prepare to welcome students back to the classroom, COVID-19 case numbers are increasing in Fairfax County, driven by the highly-contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. The key to maintaining a healthy environment for learning is a robust vaccination rate and layered prevention strategies, including universal masking.

 

There are three things we can all do to start strong this fall:

  1. Wear a mask
  2. Get vaccinated
  3. Stay connected

 

FCPS Resources:

Return to School Webpage

Return to School- Safety Webpage

The Student Health and Safety Document is continually updated and provides detailed information on school policies and protocols related to COVID-19 such as adherence to layered prevention strategies. These guidance documents will continue to be updated to align with public health guidance.

VDOE Resource:

The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Virginia Department of Education launched the Healthy Back to School COVID-19 Website as a resource for schools and families.

     

 

Stay Connected Being connected to your school and division is important every year, and even more so now as we navigate our return to school. The best way to stay informed is to sign up for newsletters through News You Chose

Your school and FCPS have a variety of topics you can choose from, including:

  • School Newsletters- featuring everything you need to know about your child’s school
  • FCPS This Week- a weekly newsletter featuring news and happenings from across the division, published Wednesday mornings
  • School Board Meeting Update- a recap of important news coming out of school board meetings, published the Friday morning after the meeting
  • FCPS Employee News- weekly updates just for staff, published Tuesday mornings

 

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Frost PTA Invites You to Help Welcome Back Teachers!

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Summer is drawing to a close, and teachers are heading back into the classrooms. The PTA would like to ensure teachers keep their energy up as they prepare for the school year, and we'd love your help! 

We are setting up a snack table on Tuesday, August 17th for teachers to "grab and go" as they prepare their classrooms. If you can, please bring donations of the items listed on our Sign-Up Genius to the Frost MS office anytime between 8am and 3pm BEFORE Tuesday, August 17th. 

Here is the Sign-Up Genius Link:  

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

Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, please email the PTA Hospitality Chair at trishramirez@yahoo.com.

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