UPDATE on End of Year Grading Flexibility

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Dear Rocky Run Community,

We are writing to share an update regarding the secondary grading policy changes that have been adopted to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year.

FCPS is adjusting the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. 

Key policy changes for middle school students are listed below:

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be assigned a mark of  “P” (pass) as a final mark. This will be automatically applied for any course in which a student receives an “D” or “D+” as a final mark.
  • Use of No Mark, “NM”, instead of “F” grades for final marks for all courses. This will be automatically applied for any course in which a student receives an “F” as a final mark.
  • Allowing middle school students to select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. As referenced above, for the 2020-21 school year, final marks of “F” will automatically receive a No Mark, “NM”, and final marks of “D” or “D+” will automatically receive a “P.”
    • Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass - No Mark status, the attached form must be submitted to your school counselor by June 1.  Please note that we have extended the previous deadline to allow more time for students and families to gain more information about their fourth quarter progress before making the decision to request a “P”. 
    • The course title is required on the form, but the course number may be left blank if you do not have it available.

Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option for Pass.

Please review the voice-over video regarding the EOY grading flexibility and contact your child's counselor if you have any questions.

Additional information including translated forms, considerations,  and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

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RRMS Staff Appreciation Week

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Thank a Rocky Run ROCK STAR:

May 3-7 is Staff Appreciation Week:

We are so grateful to our Rocky Run ROCK STAR staff.  We will be celebrating them throughout the week in partnership with our PTA.  

Personal notes mean the world to teachers and staff.  Please take a moment to send an email to a staff member or complete this form.

Staff directory for emails. 

Thank you!

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Attendance: 703-802-7782 or rockyrunmsattendance@fcps.edu 
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RRMS Staff Appreciation Week

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Thank a Rocky Run ROCK STAR:

May 3-7 is Staff Appreciation Week:

We are so grateful to our Rocky Run ROCK STAR staff.  We will be celebrating them throughout the week in partnership with our PTA.  

Personal notes mean the world to teachers and staff.  Please take a moment to send an email to a staff member or complete this form.

Staff directory for emails. 

Thank you!

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Attendance: 703-802-7782 or rockyrunmsattendance@fcps.edu 
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4/30 RRMS School Updates

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Upcoming Dates:

May 3-7:  RRMS Staff Appreciation Week

May 3: SOL Reading 7 & Reading 8 - Online Students

No Monday Attendance Check-in

May 5: SOL Reading 7 & Reading 8 - In-person Students

View events on our school website.

A Note from Dr. Goodloe

Dear Rocky Run Families and Students, Great things are happening at Rocky Run in-person and online!  We continue to be so proud of the work of our students and staff as we navigate a year like no other. We are so proud of our April Students of the Month. Be sure to check out the list below.  Kudos to our Student Services staff who have hosted many student events during our Stress Less weeks.  Outside time, bubbles, chalk and PJ day have been big hits.

May 3-7 is Staff Appreciation Week:

We are so grateful to our Rocky Run ROCK STAR staff.  We will be celebrating them throughout the week in partnership with our PTA.  

Personal notes mean the world to teachers and staff.  Please take a moment to send an email to a staff member or complete this form.

You can also contribute to a staff member's book wish list.  See the note from our library below.

Attendance Reminders: 

  • Students who are scheduled to attend two or four days in-person are expected to report to school on their assigned days.  Our teachers are expecting you!  
  • No Monday attendance check-ins on May 3, 10, 17 due to testing.  Students should check teachers' posted Learning Calendars.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Sincerely,

Amy Goodloe, Principal

atgoodloe@fcps.edu

@DrGoodloe

Together WE can do VIRTUALLY anything!

Meet the Rocky Run MS Staff: View our Staff Directory.

Students of the Month: April 2021

Creativity: Michael Mejia Bermudez, Elvin Duong, Maxwell Lee, Yasmin Engelen, Jinna Hyun, Leonela Jabbour Yammine

Purpose: Ronaldo Amaya Rivera , Jade (Nyeemah) Hardy, Amani Petizon, Adriana Walter-Ortuno

Bravery: Delaney Rynex, Ayden Guevara, Ben Smith, Ben Carey

Perseverance: Ridha Baig, Mateo Calvo, Eesha Chauhan, Analucia Gutierrez

Library Happenings

Library Happenings

Book Fair / Teacher Appreciation Week

Looking for a way to thank a Rocky Run staff member during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, for their dedication this school year?  Our virtual bookfair with Bookworm Central can help!  The year-long bookfair is still open and ready for your business at  RockyRunMSOnlineBookstore!  Many teachers have created wish lists of books they would love to add to their classroom libraries. 

  • Head to  RockyRunMSOnlineBookstore and
  • Click on “School Wish Lists” from the top navigational bar to find a specific teacher’s wish list.
    •  Don’t see a teacher you are looking for?  Purchase a book from the wish list “Rocky Run Educators”
      • When you can add a personalized gift tag/note, write the name of the staff member you’d like to get the book;  we will strive to make sure it gets into their hands. 

Of course you can also make purchases for yourself:  

  • Enjoy book lists created by Rocky Run librarians 
  • Orders ship direct to the address you provide
  • FREE shipping on orders over $30
  • All purchases benefit our school library
  • There are titles for the whole family, including adults and children of all ages!

Returning FCPS Library Books

The RRMS community is encouraged to return library books when they are done reading them.  There is a mail return outside of door 1 that is accessible 24-7.  If a student is coming into the building, there is also a book return outside the library’s entrance.  If your child still has books from their elementary school, you can return them to Rocky Run.  Overdue notices were emailed out this morning. 

Questions?  Reach out to Ms. Grover and/or Ms. Bickford at RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu

Student Services Stress Less!

This week, Student Services Department held our second week of our "Stress Less Program," focusing on Emotional Self-Care. The Rock Time lesson was on the importance of tuning in to our emotions and the positive impacts of mindfulness and meditation. Next week, our focus shifts to SocialSelf-Care. We will continue to have activities planned for both in-person and virtual students. Please have your children check their grade-level Google Classroom!

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility 
  • Use of NM (no mark) instead of F grade for final mark
  • Use of P (pass) instead of a final mark of D/D+ 
  • Final exams used only to raise student grades

Please review the voice-over video regarding the EOY grading flexibility and contact your child's counselor if you have any questions.

Also, students/families may request a mark of P (pass) instead of any passing letter grade as their final mark in any course.  If you want to make a request, the form is to be returned to school counselor by May 10, 2021. 

Secondary Grading and Reporting

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Summer Online Campus

A reminder that FCPS Online Campus Summer Courses are open for registration. Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course. Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.  Program information is available at Summer Learning

21-22 School Year Course Requests

Students can check their 21-22 Course Requests via Student Vue. We encourage everyone to check their selections and contact his/her counselor for any questions. 

Summer Learning Programs

We are excited to announce that this summer Rocky Run will offer the  IMAGINE program, a  learning opportunity to our currently enrolled English 7, English 8, Math 7 and/or Pre-Algebra students.

IMAGINE is an all in-person learning experience. The program will run from July 12- July 30, 2021 from 7:20-11:20. Transportation will be provided to eligible students. It will provide students the opportunity to strengthen core Mathematics and English Language Arts skills by focusing on essential standards that will prepare them for success at the start of next school year.

Space for the IMAGINE program will be limited. Families interested in having their  English 7, English 8, Math 7 and/or Pre-Algebra student have access to the IMAGINE program can complete the interest form hereParents need to sign in into their student's FCPSSCHOOLS.NET account to access and complete the form.

All interested students will be placed on a waitlist. Eligible students will receive a confirmation email by the end of May to initiate the registration process. 

Sandra Meador 

srmeador@fcps.edu

Summer Learning Programs Site Director

703-802-7717

 

After School Program

Click here for the after-school schedule for the week of May 3rd.   All clubs will remain virtual at this time. 

Girl Scouts “Becoming Me” Series - This is a 6-week program that is focused on knowing and telling your story, maintaining mental health and wellness, and supporting and nurturing girls on their own journeys. Check out this flyer for more information and the registration link.

Summer Opportunity – Rocky Run will be the site for this year’s VIP summer program for the Western Fairfax schools (presented by FCPS and Fairfax County Neighborhood & Community Services).  Check out the Western Fairfax News You Choose message that was sent out on 4/28 for more information and the registration link.  Questions?  Email Shannon Campbell at SLCampbell@fcps.edu.

Shannon Campbell

After-School Specialist & Building Use Coordinator

Rocky Run MS

703-802-7830

SOL Information

All testing information is posted on the RRMS website. Should you have any questions, you can reach out to Dr. Karl Gussow, our School Test Coordinator at ksgussow@fcps.edu.

View Information from Town Hall March 23:

2021 Legacy Magazine Submissions Wanted:

Are you a writer? Artist? Photographer?  Well, if so, Rocky Run has a literary and art magazine called The Legacy, and we would love to include your work!! We accept original work in the form of:  poems

  • short stories 
  • essays
  • drawings
  • photography
  • other artwork

Students can submit their original work in their Grade Level Google Classrooms/ Classwork tab/ Legacy Magazine Submissions 2021 Assignment Deadline for submission is : May 21. 2021 We look forward to publishing your work in the Legacy Magazine. Any questions, please email Ms. Kaplan at lkkaplan@fcpsschools.net.

Yearbook Sales:

The RRMS 2021 all color, hard bound, 80 page yearbook is finished!!

The journalism class worked so hard creating a unique memory for you to enjoy!!

We are currently selling yearbooks for $30

There are 2 options for ordering your yearbook:

www.myschoolbucks.com   OR

www.yearbookordercenter.com – Use code 5333 to order!

Students will receive their books in June. Supplies are limited, so order soon!

Questions: email lkkaplan@fcps.edu

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Eating Disorder Parent Information

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Eating Disorder Parent Information

Dear Rocky Run Parents and Guardians,

Eating disorders are behaviors that can lead to serious health problems.  These behaviors can begin as a child, and affect both girls and boys.  When discovered early, eating disorders are treatable.  In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system provide information to parents annually about eating disorders.  This information is given to parents of students in the fifth through twelfth grades.

It is important to note that eating disorders are not identified based on weight changes as much as behaviors and attitudes.  Signs of eating disorders may differ between males and females and in different age groups.  Often, a young person may not recognize the signs that they might have an eating disorder.  Parents/guardians and family members are in a position to notice behaviors that cause concern.  It is important that a child with an eating disorder be treated early by someone who understands this type of care.

After reviewing the information below, if you think your child may be showing signs of a possible eating disorder, please contact your doctor, school nurse, or one of the resources listed below.

Toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237

Additional resources may be found at:

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are conditions that can have a serious effect on health.  They are serious behaviors that affect every aspect of the child’s life.  Eating disorders may be identified based on weight changes, but also based on behaviors and attitudes.  Be alert for any of these signs in your child.

Weight is NOT the only indicator of an eating disorder, as people of all sizes may be suffering.

Eating disorders affect  both males and females of all ages.

Key Things To Look For Around Food:
  • Eating a lot of food that seems out of control (large amounts of food may disappear, you find a lot of empty wrappers hidden)
  • Develops food rules—may eat only a particular food or food group, cuts food into very small pieces, or spreads food out on the plate
  • Talks a lot about, or focuses often, on weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting
  • Often says that they are not hungry
  • Skips meals or takes small portions of food at regular meals
  • Cooks meals or treats  for others but won’t eat them
  • Avoids mealtimes or situations involving food
  • Goes to the bathroom after meals often
  • Uses a lot of mouthwash, mints, and/or gum
  • Starts cutting out foods that he or she used to enjoy

Key things to look for around activity:

  • Exercises all the time, more than what is healthy or recommended – despite weather,  lack of energy, illness, or injury
  • Stops doing their regular activities, spends more time alone (can be spending more time exercising)

Physical Risk Factors:

  • Feels cold all the time or complains of being tired all the time. Likely to become more irritable and/or nervous.
  • Any vomiting after eating (or see signs in the bathroom of vomiting – smell, clogged shower drain)
  • Any use of laxatives or diuretics (or you find empty packages)

Other Risk Factors:

  • Believes that they are too big or too fat (regardless of reality)
  • Asks often to be reassured about how they look
  • Stops hanging out with their friends
  • Not able to talk about how they are feeling
  • Reports others are newly judgmental or “not connecting”

If Your Child Shows Signs of a Possible Eating Disorder

Seek help from your doctor as soon as possible; a child with an eating disorder should be seen by someone who understands the treatment of eating disorders.  The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.

How to Communicate With Your Child
  • Understand that eating disorder sufferers often deny that there is a problem.
  • Educate yourself on eating disorders
  • Ask what you can do to help
  • Listen openly and reflectively
  • Be patient and nonjudgmental
  • Talk with your child in a kind way when you are calm and not angry, frustrated, or upset
  • Let him/her know you only want the best for him/her
  • Remind your child that he/she has people who care and support him/her
  • Be flexible and open with your support
  • Be honest
  • Show care, concern, and understanding
  • Ask how he/she is feeling
  • Try to be a good role model- don’t engage in ‘fat talk’ about yourself
  • Understand that your child is not looking for attention or pity
  • Seek professional help on behalf of your child if you have ANY concerns

 

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4/23 RRMS School Updates

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Upcoming Dates:

April 26:  Vision and Hearing Screenings, Student Laptop Wellness Checks

May 3-7:  RRMS Staff Appreciation Week

View events on our school website.

A Note from Dr. Goodloe

Dear Rocky Run Families and Students,

Wow, what a week! We definitely are experiencing the quick changes of spring and the energy that warmer temperatures bring.  It has been a pleasure welcoming back over 300 students for four days of in-person instruction.   We have also been busily planning for the fall by engaging in staffing, supporting academic advising for all of our students, and thinking ahead to a five day, in-person return.

Reflecting on current events

The verdict in the Chauvin trial that was announced  earlier this week has sparked conversation amongst students, our faculty, and our community members.  As with past events, we are here to provide students and staff with a safe space to process and share.  You may have noted that FCPS has sent messages and resources to provide support for staff, students, and families to process current events.  

I want to acknowledge that each of you may be in a different place in response to this most recent event.  I too am focused on reflection and assessing my own feelings as an educator, mom, and community member.  As a school, we are working with our Equity Team comprised of teachers and student leaders to provide opportunities for engagement, emotional support, and action.   We are proud of the work our school community has collaborated on this year through town halls, book clubs, after school clubs and Rock Time lessons to see, listen to, and hear each other.  We know there is much work to be done. 

Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week:

I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with truly talented, caring and committed staff including our amazing Office Team of AJ Ries, Carol Cutler, Carol Chrzanowski, and Tina Dempsey with support from Inge Gedo and Mari Thomason.  They are the front line staff who take your phone calls, assist your children, support teachers and connect our community.  We thank them for their hard work and dedication to Rocky Run MS.

Student Laptop Updates - IMPORTANT:

Students can go to any FCPS school and restart their computer for updates. SOLs are coming and students need critical updates installed on their computer to be prepared.

Staying Informed:

Please be sure you are checking email frequently as well as the RRMS website for critical updates about SOL testing, Hearing and Vision Screening, and Laptop Wellness Checks.  Many of these events require sign ups and are time sensitive. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Sincerely,

Amy Goodloe, Principal

atgoodloe@fcps.edu

@DrGoodloe

Together WE can do VIRTUALLY anything!

Meet the Rocky Run MS Staff: View our Staff Directory.

Student Services Stress Less!

This week, Student Services Department held our first week of our "Stress Less Program," focusing on Physical Self-Care. The Rock Time lesson was on the importance of physical activity, as well as sleep on mental health. Next week, our focus shifts to Emotional Self-Care. We will continue to have activities planned for both in-person and virtual students. Please have your children check their grade-level Google Classroom!

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility  

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Summer Online Campus

A reminder that FCPS Online Campus Summer Courses are open for registration. Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course. Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.  Program information is available at Summer Learning

21-22 School Year Course Requests

Students can check their 21-22 Course Requests via Student Vue. We encourage everyone to check their selections and contact his/her counselor for any questions. 

After School Program

Click here for the after-school schedule for the week of April 26th.   All clubs will remain virtual at this time. 

Summer Opportunity – Rocky Run will be the site for this year’s VIP summer program for the Western Fairfax schools (presented by FCPS and Fairfax County Neighborhood & Community Services).  Watch your inbox next week for the camp application! The application and information will be sent via a News You Choose message.

Shannon Campbell

After-School Specialist & Building Use Coordinator

Rocky Run MS

703-802-7830

SOL Information

All testing information is posted on the RRMS website. Should you have any questions, you can reach out to Dr. Karl Gussow, our School Test Coordinator at ksgussow@fcps.edu.

View Information from Town Hall March 23:

FCPSOn Devices for SOL Testing

All online students, whether they take the SOL or the VRSPT, need to make sure that computers have been restarted and are updated prior to testing. Our math department is walking through computer health checks for SOL testing. 

Virtual students will have the opportunity to come into the building and connect to the FCPS Wi-Fi and restart their computers and update. The dates and times for coming to Rocky Run Cafeteria (enter through Door 1) are:

  • Monday, April 19, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 12 Noon
  • Monday, April 26, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

If you have opted out of taking an FCPSOn laptop, one will be provided the day of the test. Virtual students taking the VRSPT and do not have an FCPS laptop must pick one up at the school. Please use student technology request form to make an appointment.

Library Happenings

On April 14th, all students participated in a virtual author visit during Rock Time. Thanks to our generous PTA, we were able to host James Ponti, Christina Soontornvat, and Karina Yan Glaser who joined us from different parts of the country - Florida, Texas, and New York City - to chat about what makes a great story. Authors shared about their writing process, the intricacies of how a book goes from an idea to print, how they get their inspiration, and much more!

Students can access all of the authors' books on MackinVIA or for curbside pickup using Destiny Discover. They are all also available at the public library and wherever books are sold. If you are interested, purchase their books with signed bookplates and benefit the Rocky Run library by using this link to order from Bookworm Central. The Rocky Run MS virtual bookfair is open all year; we encourage you to purchase books via the bookfair if you are able and interested.  Happy Reading!

Questions?  Reach out to Ms. Grover and/or Ms. Bickford at RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu

2021 Legacy Magazine Submissions Wanted:

Are you a writer? Artist? Photographer?  Well, if so, Rocky Run has a literary and art magazine called The Legacy, and we would love to include your work!! We accept original work in the form of:  poems

  • short stories 
  • essays
  • drawings
  • photography
  • other artwork

Students can submit their original work in their Grade Level Google Classrooms/ Classwork tab/ Legacy Magazine Submissions 2021 Assignment Deadline for submission is : May 21. 2021 We look forward to publishing your work in the Legacy Magazine. Any questions, please email Ms. Kaplan at lkkaplan@fcpsschools.net.

Yearbook Sales:

The RRMS 2021 all color, hard bound, 80 page yearbook is finished!!

The journalism class worked so hard creating a unique memory for you to enjoy!!

We are currently selling yearbooks for $30

There are 2 options for ordering your yearbook:

www.myschoolbucks.com   OR

www.yearbookordercenter.com – Use code 5333 to order!

Students will receive their books in June. Supplies are limited, so order soon!

Questions: email lkkaplan@fcps.edu

Quick Links:

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FCPS Grading Flexibility Resources and Summer Program Information

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Student Final Grades - Grading Flexibility: Resources and Communication 

Dear Rocky Run Families,

As shared in an email from the Superintendent’s Office, FCPS has adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year.

FCPS is adjusting the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year, to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. 

Key policy changes for middle school students are listed below:

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be assigned a mark of  “P” (pass) as a final mark. This will be automatically applied for any course in which a student receives an “D” or “D+” as a final mark.
  • Use of No Mark, “NM”, instead of “F” grades for final marks for all courses. This will be automatically applied for any course in which a student receives an “F” as a final mark.
  • Allowing middle school students to select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. As referenced above, for the 2020-21 school year, final marks of “F” will automatically receive a No Mark, “NM”, and final marks of “D” or “D+” will automatically receive a “P.”

Third quarter report cards and the Pass- No Mark Status Form will be available in ParentVue and were mailed home to all families last week. Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option for Pass. Additional information including considerations  and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

 

Español Flexibilidad en las calificaciones para alumnos de escuela intermedia 2020-21

한국어 2020-21 학년도 중학생들을 위한 학년말 성적 유연성

 

Summer Learning Programs at Rocky Run -  IMAGINE Learning Program

We are excited to announce that this summer Rocky Run will offer the IMAGINE program, a learning opportunity for our current English 7, English 8, Math 7 and Pre-Algebra students.

IMAGINE provides middle school students the opportunity to strengthen core Mathematics and English Language Arts skills by focusing on essential standards that will prepare students for success at the start of next school year. 

Program Focus:

  • Re-acclimating to school and in-person learning
  • Social Peer & Teacher Interactions
  • Social & Emotional Learning
  • Revisiting and strengthening student understanding of grade level essential standards in English Language Arts and mathematics
    • Opportunities for engaging in authentic tasks and project based learning within English Language Arts & Mathematics

IMAGINE is an all in-person learning experience. The program will run from July 12- July 30, 2021 from 7:20-11:20. Transportation will be provided to eligible students. Students will spend half of their day in an English classroom and the other half in a math classroom exploring content while engaging in social interactions with their peers. Class placement will be determined by the student’s current course enrollment and we will work on closely matching that placement.

Space for the IMAGINE program will be limited. Families interested in having their English 7, English 8, Math 7 and/or Pre-Algebra student have access to the IMAGINE program can complete the interest form here (Care givers must be signed into the student's FCPS Google account to access and complete the form). All interested students will be placed on a waitlist. Eligible students will receive a confirmation email at the end of May to initiate the registration process. 

This opportunity is open only to students currently enrolled in English 7, English 8, Math 7 and/or Pre-Algebra. Students interested in other courses or summer programs can visit FCPS Summer Learning Programs to explore other opportunities.

For more information contact Sandra Meador, Summer Learning Programs Site Director at srmeador@fcps.edu

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RRMS PTA Chipotle Fundraiser: April 21st (TONIGHT!) 5-9pm

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RRMS PTA Chipotle Fundraiser Join us @ Chipotle in Fair Lakes on Wednesday, April 21st

Please join the rest of the RRMS community by joining us for a fundraiser to support Rocky Run Middle School PTA. Come in to the Chipotle at 13042 Fair Lakes Shopping Ctr in Fairfax on Wednesday, April 21st between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Rocky Run Middle School PTA.

Order Online for Pickup

Use code BBTW9CK before checkout in ‘promo’ field. Orders placed on Chipotle.com or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will be counted towards the fundraiser.

Where

Chipotle at 13042 Fair Lakes Shopping Ctr in Fairfax (Across from Best Buy) View Map

When

Wednesday, April 21st between 5:00pm and 9:00pm

Code to Use

BBTW9CK

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Bus Transportation Update

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Update on Bus Routes for 4 Days In Person:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Dear Families,

The Office of Transportation Services has identified a technical error with some of our student transportation records.  Students who have not received their 4-day transportation schedule may utilize their current bus assignment for all 4 days of transportation.  We plan to have the error corrected by close of business tomorrow.  Please check your ParentVue account and follow up with your school by Thursday April 22nd to receive your updated transportation schedule.   

 

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

FCPS

 

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RRMS Staff Appreciation Sign Up

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Staff Appreciation Snack Bar Sign-up:

Staff Appreciation Week, May 3-7, is almost here and the RRMS PTA will be hosting several events to show our gratitude for all of the teachers and staff. It has been an extraordinary year and we hope you will join us by contributing an item or two for our RAMTASTIC Snack Bar! 

We are requesting Store-bought Individually Wrapped Snack contributions to be served throughout the week and just in time for the SOL season, too. 

All the details for the RAMTASTIC Snack Bar can be found in the Sign-up Genius link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aa4ae2ba46-rocky1

Thank you for volunteering,

Mari Thomason

PTA Hospitality

 

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FCPS Grading Flexibility Resources and Summer Program Information

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Student Final Grades - Grading Flexibility: Resources and Communication 

Dear Rocky Run Families,

As shared in an email from the Superintendent’s Office, FCPS has adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year.

FCPS is adjusting the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year, to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. 

Key policy changes for middle school students are listed below:

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be assigned a mark of  “P” (pass) as a final mark. This will be automatically applied for any course in which a student receives an “D” or “D+” as a final mark.
  • Use of No Mark, “NM”, instead of “F” grades for final marks for all courses. This will be automatically applied for any course in which a student receives an “F” as a final mark.
  • Allowing middle school students to select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. As referenced above, for the 2020-21 school year, final marks of “F” will automatically receive a No Mark, “NM”, and final marks of “D” or “D+” will automatically receive a “P.”

Third quarter report cards and the Pass- No Mark Status Form will be available in ParentVue and mailed home to all families this week. Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option for Pass. Additional information including considerations  and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

 

Español Flexibilidad en las calificaciones para alumnos de escuela intermedia 2020-21

한국어 2020-21 학년도 중학생들을 위한 학년말 성적 유연성

 

Summer Learning Programs at Rocky Run -  IMAGINE Learning Program

We are excited to announce that this summer Rocky Run will offer the IMAGINE program, a learning opportunity to our current English 7, English 8, Math 7 and PreAlgebra students.

IMAGINE provides middle school students the opportunity to strengthen core Mathematics and English Language Arts skills by focusing on essential standards that will prepare students for success at the start of next school year. 

Program Focus:

  • Re-acclimating to school and in-person learning
  • Social Peer & Teacher Interactions
  • Social & Emotional Learning
  • Revisiting and strengthening student understanding of grade level essential standards in English Language Arts and mathematics
    • Opportunities for engaging in authentic tasks and project based learning within English Language Arts & Mathematics

IMAGINE is an all in-person learning experience. The program will run from July 12- July 30, 2021 from 7:20-11:20. Transportation will be provided to eligible students. Students will spend half of their day in an English classroom and the other half in a math classroom exploring content while engaging in social interactions with their peers. Class placement will be determined by the student’s current course enrollment and we will work on closely matching that placement.

Space for the IMAGINE program will be limited. Families interested in having their English 7, English 8, Math 7 and/or PreAlgebra student have access to the IMAGINE program can complete the interest form here. All interested students will be placed on a waitlist. Eligible students will receive a confirmation email at the beginning of May to initiate the registration process. 

This opportunity is open only to students currently enrolled in English 7, English 8, Math 7 and/or PreAlgebra. Students interested in other courses or summer programs can visit FCPS Summer Learning Programs to explore other opportunities.

For more information contact Sandra Meador, Summer Site Director at srmeador@fcps.edu

 

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4/16 RRMS School Updates

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Upcoming Dates:

April 21:  PTA Spirit Night Fundraiser, Chipotle - Fair Lakes

April 19-23:  Administrative Professionals' Appreciation Week

View events on our school website.

A Note from Dr. Goodloe

Dear Rocky Run Families and Students,

There have been so many great things happening at Rocky Run MS this week.  Here are a few highlights:

  • All students engaged in a virtual Author's Visit sponsored by our Library and PTA on Wednesday.  Four amazing authors of young adult books shared their experiences with our students.  Inspiring!
  • Congratulations to English 8 teacher, Julie Tiss for being recognized with the 2020-2021 ACSD First Class Award.  Julie will officially be recognized this Saturday April 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the virtual FCPS Special Education Conference. 
  • Twelve Rocky Run MS students are featured in the All District Honors Choir virtual concert.  Check out the video HERE.  WOW!  Thank you to our Choral Director, Felix Polendey.
  • Congratulations to our Science Olympiad State Team on winning the 3rd place school trophy in the state tournament!  We are so proud of their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the team.
  • In person students accessed their first "Fun Friday" outside today with choice of location during Rock Time.  Students and staff had a great time.

Important Updates:

Please be sure you are checking email frequently as well as the RRMS website for critical updates about SOL testing, Hearing and Vision Screening, and Laptop Wellness Checks.  Many of these events require sign ups and are time sensitive. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Sincerely,

Amy Goodloe, Principal

atgoodloe@fcps.edu

@DrGoodloe

Together WE can do VIRTUALLY anything!

Meet the Rocky Run MS Staff: View our Staff Directory.

Student Services 3rd Quarter Grading

Report cards have been mailed home this week with resources about EOY student final grading flexibility.  Please contact your child's counselor and/or teacher for any questions. 

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility  

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Summer Online Campus

A reminder that FCPS Online Campus Summer Courses are open for registration and available to eligible middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course. Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.  Program information is available at Summer Learning

21-22 School Year Course Requests

Students can check their 21-22 Course Requests via Student Vue. We encourage everyone to check their selections and contact his/her counselor for any questions. 

After School Program

Click here for the after-school schedule for the week of April 19th.   All clubs will remain virtual at this time.  We have some new clubs that are getting started – Scratch Programming, Fremont Debate Academy, American Sign Language, and Prep Leaders.  The club descriptions and sign up forms are posted on the student Ramsville site!

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad States Team on winning the 3rd place school trophy in their state tournament!  We are so proud of their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the team! 

Medal Winners -

  1. Circuit Lab - Aaryan, Siddanth - 3rd place
  2. Crime Busters - Ryan, Siddanth - 6th place
  3. Density Lab - Ryan, Kade - 4th place
  4. Digital Structures - Anushka, Poorna - 5th place
  5. Dynamic Planet - Raghav, Sravya - 5th place
  6. Experimental Design and Analysis - Sravya, Saanvi, Siya -5th place
  7. Food Science - Poorna, Saanvi - 5th place
  8. 8. Machines - Aaryan, Samarth - 1st place
  9. Ornithology - Anshul, Raghav - 3rd place
  10. Water Quality - Raghav, Samarth - 4th place

Special Mention and Kudos to Machines team of Aaryan and Samarth for winning the 1st place in all 3 tournaments (Lake Braddock Invitationals, VA Regionals and VA States)

Our students have an opportunity to work with some high school student volunteers for academic tutoring and mentoring.  The program, Prep Leaders, will run twice a month on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm.  Have your student check Ramsville for more information and the sign up link!

Summer Opportunity – Rocky Run will be the site for this year’s VIP summer program for the Western Fairfax schools (presented by FCPS and Fairfax County Neighborhood & Community Services).  More information and registration forms are coming soon and will be sent out via a News You Choose message, but for now, check out our save the date!

SOL Information

All testing information is posted on the RRMS website. Should you have any questions, you can reach out to Dr. Karl Gussow, our School Test Coordinator at ksgussow@fcps.edu.

As a reminder, if you decide to refuse testing for your child this year, please fill out the following form and return your decision by April 16, 2021.

View Information from Town Hall March 23:

FCPSOn Devices for SOL Testing

All online students, whether they take the SOL or the VRSPT, need to make sure that computers have been restarted and are updated prior to testing. Our math department is walking through computer health checks for SOL testing. 

Virtual students will have the opportunity to come into the building and connect to the FCPS Wi-Fi and restart their computers and update. The dates and times for coming to Rocky Run Cafeteria (enter through Door 1) are:

  • Monday, April 19, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 12 Noon
  • Monday, April 26, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

If you have opted out of taking an FCPSOn laptop, one will be provided the day of the test. Virtual students taking the VRSPT and do not have an FCPS laptop must pick one up at the school. Please use student technology request form to make an appointment.

Library Happenings

On April 14th, all students participated in a virtual author visit during Rock Time. Thanks to our generous PTA, we were able to host James Ponti, Christina Soontornvat, and Karina Yan Glaser who joined us from different parts of the country - Florida, Texas, and New York City - to chat about what makes a great story. Authors shared about their writing process, the intricacies of how a book goes from an idea to print, how they get their inspiration, and much more!

Students can access all of the authors' books on MackinVIA or for curbside pickup using Destiny Discover. They are all also available at the public library and wherever books are sold. If you are interested, purchase their books with signed bookplates and benefit the Rocky Run library by using this link to order from Bookworm Central. The Rocky Run MS virtual bookfair is open all year; we encourage you to purchase books via the bookfair if you are able and interested.  Happy Reading!

Questions?  Reach out to Ms. Grover and/or Ms. Bickford at RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu

2021 Legacy Magazine Submissions Wanted:

Are you a writer? Artist? Photographer?  Well, if so, Rocky Run has a literary and art magazine called The Legacy, and we would love to include your work!! We accept original work in the form of:  poems

  • short stories 
  • essays
  • drawings
  • photography
  • other artwork

Students can submit their original work in their Grade Level Google Classrooms/ Classwork tab/ Legacy Magazine Submissions 2021 Assignment Deadline for submission is : May 21. 2021 We look forward to publishing your work in the Legacy Magazine. Any questions, please email Ms. Kaplan at lkkaplan@fcpsschools.net

Yearbook Sales:

The RRMS 2021 all color, hard bound, 80 page yearbook is finished!!

The journalism class worked so hard creating a unique memory for you to enjoy!!

We are currently selling yearbooks for $30

There are 2 options for ordering your yearbook:

www.myschoolbucks.com   OR

www.yearbookordercenter.com – Use code 5333 to order!

Students will receive their books in June. Supplies are limited, so order soon!

Questions: email lkkaplan@fcps.edu

 

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4/9 RRMS School Updates

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Upcoming Dates:

 

View events on our school website.

A Note from Dr. Goodloe

Dear Rocky Run Families and Students,

It has been a RAMtastic week at Rocky Run MS welcoming our students back from Spring Break.

I recognize the information regarding changing CDC guidance for social distancing from 6 ft. to 3 ft in schools and the potential to include more students in person 4 days a week is changing quickly.  At Rocky Run we are planning to include as many of our current in-person students as possible four days a week beginning the week of April 20.  Families will be contacted directly by the school with details about four days of in-person attendance.

April Is Month of the Military Child 

Did you know that more than 14,000 military-connected youth call FCPS home? Join FCPS in celebrating them during Month of the Military Child. Wednesday, April 21, is Purple Up! Day, when all are encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military-connected youth. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. At Rocky Run MS, we are so grateful for the service of our military community and we are proud to be a Purple Star recognized school.

Religious and Cultural Observances in our community:

Ramadan begins on Monday evening, April 12th this year, and will continue through the evening of Tuesday, May 11th, ending with the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr beginning on May 12th. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most sacred, and is marked by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset each day.  Observance of this special month is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is also marked by deep study of the Quran, increased charity and generosity, and committing more time to prayer. Families generally begin each day during Ramadan with a pre-dawn meal called ‘Suhur’ and end each day with a meal called ‘Iftar’ after sunset.

We wish Ramadan Mubarak to all members of the Rocky Run community who are observing!

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Sincerely,

Amy Goodloe, Principal

atgoodloe@fcps.edu

@DrGoodloe

Together WE can do VIRTUALLY anything!

Meet the Rocky Run MS Staff: View our Staff Directory.

Information for in-person learners:

Update Health Forms

All in person learners received a note from me on 3/11 encouraging families to update health forms.  All families should review the health form in ParentVue and add any existing health conditions that mirror Covid sympoms (i.e. season allergies, chronic headaches, intestinal issues, etc).  The more information that is documented, the more accurate the response will be by our School Health Aide or school staff when the student is on school grounds.  

Parents/guardians are reminded that they can provide this information online via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school module.

You can download the form from the FCPS website or update it in ParentView:

 

Student Services 3rd Quarter Grading

April 10 at 6am: Parent/Student VUE will be open to view students current grades.

Report Cards will be mailed home before the end of next week.

Summer Online Campus

A reminder that FCPS Online Campus Summer Courses are open for registration and available to eligible middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.  Program information is available at Summer Learning

21-22 School Year Course Requests

Students can check their 21-22 Course Requests via Student Vue. We encourage everyone to check their selections and contact his/her counselor for any questions. 

HS Updates

Westfield High School is planning to host a spring town hall meeting for parents of the Class of 2025. In order to prepare for this presentation, please complete this google form. This will help the faculty at Westfield plan and prepare for your concerns, questions and interests. Thank you.

SOL Family Town Hall Slides and Recording

We would like to thank our Rocky Run Community for attending the Town Halls on SOL testing last Tuesday March 23. If you were not able to attend, you may see the presentation, along with a recording of the Town Hall by clicking on the following links:

As a reminder, if you decide to refuse testing for your child this year, please fill out the following form and return your decision by April 16, 2021.

All testing timelines and schedules will be finalized in early April. Should you have any questions, you can reach out to Dr. Karl Gussow, our School Test Coordinator at ksgussow@fcps.edu.

Library Happenings

Curbside Changes

The Rocky Run MS Library will continue to offer curbside pick-up of library books this spring, but a few things have changed.  Students can still put up to 5 books on hold through the library catalogue, Destiny Discover. Check out the Putting Books on Hold Tutorial for help.  

  • For students returning to school, books put on hold will be delivered to English teachers’ classrooms for student pickup during English class.  
  • For students who are remaining virtual, curbside pick-up will be offered on Mondays from 3pm to 6pm and will now occur at DOOR 1.  
  • Wednesday evening curbside pickup will no longer be available.  Review the Curbside Flyer for more details.
  • Returning books: The book return mailbox has been moved to DOOR 1 (main entrance). In person students can also return their books to the book return outside the library’s entrance once they return.
  • Questions about curbside or access to books?  Email RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu.

Infographics

Our librarians, Ms. Grover and Ms. Bickford, have made our library accessible to both virtual and in-person students. To learn about how your student can take advantage of all the library has to offer, review the attached infographics (PDFs). These infographics are also available for students on their grade-level Google Classroom as well as their English teacher. 

Virtual Student Infographic

In-Person Student Infographic

Questions?  Reach out to Ms. Grover and/or Ms. Bickford at RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu

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4/7 - Updates on In-Person Learning

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Updates on In-Person Learning at Rocky Run:

Dear Rocky Run Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break.   We have been so happy to welcome all of our students back to class this week and to kick off the fourth quarter strong!

Monday, Dr. Brabrand shared with the community the FCPS plan for moving forward based on the new social distancing guidelines from the CDC. In that communication, Dr. Brabrand acknowledged that each school's implementation of the guidelines will look different. I hope this message will help you to understand how these changes may look at Rocky Run MS as well as the timelines for implementing any changes.

Decision making criteria include:

  • Identifying students using the MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) process focused on unique student needs for four days of instruction.
  • Space constraints including current occupancy, size of classrooms, and available lunchroom space based on the 6 ft. social distancing expectation for secondary schools that cannot maintain cohorts (students not changing groups throughout the day).
  • Maintaining sufficient space for ALL students to eat lunch without a mask, 6’ apart, and all facing the same direction. 
  • Minimizing changes to student and teacher schedules for the fourth quarter.

 Given this information, this week we will:

  • Assess each class’ capacity for adding students and determine how many seats are available by class and by period.
  • Invite students via our MTSS process - determining need to attend four days/week starting April 13.
  • As capacity allows, invite students who are currently attending two days a week to attend four days beginning April 20.
  • Rocky Run will reach out to families directly if there is capacity for a current in-person student to attend four days.

While it is our desire to include as many current in-person students in school four days a week as we can, we must continue to focus on safety and mitigation procedures. We appreciate your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to navigate updated guidance.  

Please feel free to reach out to me with questions.

Amy T. Goodloe, Ed.D.

Principal

atgoodloe@fcps.edu

 

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4/6 - School On Time

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Power Outages - Today, April 6

Dear Rocky Run Families and Students,

We recognize there is a large scale power outage this morning in the Rocky Run community and surrounding areas.  Rocky Run MS has power. Classes, both online and in-person, will be held on time and as scheduled.

Staff is aware that many students may have difficulty accessing online classes today due to the power outages.  Students should log in to class as they are able once power is restored and check for messages from their teachers in Google Classroom and Blackboard 24-7.  Absences will be excused.

I will keep you updated as I have additional information.

Sincerely,

Amy T. Goodloe, Ed.D.

Principal

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3/26 RRMS School Updates

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Upcoming Dates:

March 26:  Last day of Q3, Early Release for Students

Rocky Run Main office closing at 1 PM.

March 29-April 2:  Spring Vacation - RRMS Office Closed

April 5:  Student Holiday, Staff workday - no student attendance

April 6:  School resumes.  First Day of Q4.

View events on our school website.

A Note from Dr. Goodloe

Dear Rocky Run Families and Students,

Wishing all of our Rocky Run students and families a restful spring vacation.  On behalf of the Rocky Run MS staff, we hope that you find the time to recharge, relax and read!   We are very grateful for your ongoing support and flexibility during this unique school year. Please review the information below regarding Spring Break travel.  

Spring Break - Office Closure:

The Rocky Run MS main office will close at 1 PM on March 26 and will remain closed during spring break, March 29-April 2.  Regular office hours will resume on Monday, April 5.

Student Learning Preference Updates:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new guidance around social distancing in schools gives us the opportunity to consider expanding in-person instruction to include additional days. FCPS leadership is assessing student needs and working with our capacity architects to identify each school’s capacity and will share more information after Spring Break.

We are not able to approve any student status changes at this time.  If you would like to make a request to change and would like for your child to be placed on the waitlist, please complete the RRMS RTS Intent Change Request Form.  No changes will be accepted after today 3/26.  You will be notified about the possibility of implementing a change after April 5, 2021.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. More coming soon! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Sincerely,

Amy Goodloe, Principal

atgoodloe@fcps.edu

@DrGoodloe

Together WE can do VIRTUALLY anything!

Meet the Rocky Run MS Staff: View our Staff Directory.

Students of the Month:

Congratulations to our Rams who were recognized as Students of the Month for March:

Creativity

Max Choe

Sarthak Mane

 

Elizabeth Chong

Creativity

Carrie Chia

Kareem Aly

 

Isabel Jung

Purpose

Kevin Hall

Briana Viera

Charlie Salcedo

Scarleth Bautista Martinez

Perserverance

Gabriela (Olga)

Caal Poou

Himneesh Medisetti

Anuj Rajesh

Rachel Diehl

Bravery

James Anderson

Elif Ozkan

Eyad Elgayli

Allison Farello

Spirit Wear Sale:

The Rocky Run PTA is offering a new round of Spirit Wear! There is a new Spring design in addition to fall favorites. All orders will be shipped directly to your home, and proceeds will benefit the PTA, who sponsor many fantastic events like author visits for the RRMS community.

View the Spirit Wear store! Orders close March 30, so get yours today!

Information for in-person learners:

Update Health Forms

All in person learners received a note from me on 3/11 encouraging families to update health forms.  All families should review the health form in ParentVue and add any existing health conditions that mirror Covid sympoms (i.e. season allergies, chronic headaches, intestinal issues, etc).  The more information that is documented, the more accurate the response will be by our School Health Aide or school staff when the student is on school grounds.  

Parents/guardians are reminded that they can provide this information online via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school module.

You can download the form from the FCPS website or update it in ParentView:

Spring Break Travel

Spring break is just around the corner. Here are some tips to be aware of as families and FCPS staff make plans:

  • Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.
  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions. Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID 19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their students at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.
  • Per the Student Health and Safety Guidance Document, a Daily Health Screening Questionnaire will be required for all students attending in-person instruction. These daily health screening questionnaires will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19. Updates and information is here

Student Services Summer Online Campus

A reminder that FCPS Online Campus Summer Courses are open for registration and available to eligible middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.  Program information is available at Summer Learning

21-22 School Year Course Requests

Students can check their 21-22 Course Requests via Student Vue. We encourage everyone to check their selections and contact his/her counselor for any questions. 

HS Updates

Westfield High School is planning to host a spring town hall meeting for parents of the Class of 2025. In order to prepare for this presentation, please complete this google form. This will help the faculty at Westfield plan and prepare for your concerns, questions and interests. Thank you.

SOL Family Town Hall Slides and Recording

We would like to thank our Rocky Run Community for attending the Town Halls on SOL testing last Tuesday March 23. If you were not able to attend, you may see the presentation, along with a recording of the Town Hall by clicking on the following links:

As a reminder, if you decide to refuse testing for your child this year, please fill out the following form and return your decision by March 31, 2021.

All testing timelines and schedules will be finalized in early April. Should you have any questions, you can reach out to Dr. Karl Gussow, our School Test Coordinator at ksgussow@fcps.edu.

Library Happenings

Curbside Changes

The Rocky Run MS Library will continue to offer curbside pick-up of library books this spring, but a few things have changed.  Students can still put up to 5 books on hold through the library catalogue, Destiny Discover. Check out the Putting Books on Hold Tutorial for help.  

  • For students returning to school, books put on hold will be delivered to English teachers’ classrooms for student pickup during English class.  
  • For students who are remaining virtual, curbside pick-up will be offered on Mondays from 3pm to 6pm and will now occur at DOOR 1.  
  • Wednesday evening curbside pickup will no longer be available.  Review the Curbside Flyer for more details.
  • Returning books: The book return mailbox has been moved to DOOR 1 (main entrance). In person students can also return their books to the book return outside the library’s entrance once they return.
  • Questions about curbside or access to books?  Email RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu.

Infographics

Our librarians, Ms. Grover and Ms. Bickford, have made our library accessible to both virtual and in-person students. To learn about how your student can take advantage of all the library has to offer, review the attached infographics (PDFs). These infographics are also available for students on their grade-level Google Classroom as well as their English teacher. 

Virtual Student Infographic

In-Person Student Infographic

Questions?  Reach out to Ms. Grover and/or Ms. Bickford at RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu

After School Information

Click here for the after-school schedule for the week of April 5th.    For your planning purposes – there will be no after-school activities on Friday, March 26th, during Spring Break, and on Monday, April 5th.  Our virtual program will start back up again on Tuesday, April 6th.  Have a great, safe Spring Break!

Congratulations to Anshul Y. who recently represented Rocky Run in the Fairfax County Spelling Bee.  He spelled his way to 6th place out of a field of 39 spellers!  Job well done, Anshul.  We are proud to have you representing Rocky Run! 

Shannon Campbell

After-School Specialist & Building Use Coordinator

Rocky Run MS

703-802-7830

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SOL Family Town Hall Information

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SOL Family Town Hall Slides and Recording

We would like to thank our Rocky Run Community for attending the Town Halls on SOL testing yesterday, Tuesday March 23. If you were not able to attend, you may see the presentation, along with a recording of the Town Hall by clicking on the following links:

Clarification for HS credit bearing courses:

  • 1 Math Verified Credit is required for both Standard and Advanced Diplomas
  • Verified Credits earned in Middle School meet this diploma requirement. 
  • Students will have to take a Math SOL in High School. The student's non-participation in the test will count against the school's federal test participation rate under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  
  • Additional Information can be found: Graduation Requirements and Parents Right to Refuse Assessments

As a reminder, if you decide to refuse testing for your child this year, please fill out the following form and return your decision by March 31, 2021.

All testing timelines and schedules will be finalized in early April. Should you have any questions, you can reach out to Dr. Karl Gussow, our School Test Coordinator at ksgussow@fcps.edu.

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Attendance: 703-802-7782 or rockyrunmsattendance@fcps.edu 
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3/19 RRMS School Updates

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Upcoming Dates:

March 22:  Monday Asynchronous Day - Attendance Check-in required

Students should check 4th period Google Classroom and Learning Calendars.

March 26:  Two Hour Early Release for Students, Last day of Q3

Rocky Run Main office closing at 1 PM.

March 29-April 2:  Spring Vacation - RRMS Office Closed

April 5:  Student Holiday

View events on our school website.

A Note from Dr. Goodloe

Dear Rocky Run Families and Students,

We have been increasingly alarmed by the rise in anti-Asian bias and violence over the past year and are saddened by the shootings in Georgia this week that have served to bring this important issue to front of mind for many in our country.  At Rocky Run MS, we stand with our Asian and Pacific Islander community and condemn violence and acts of hate.  We see you and grieve with you.

At Rocky Run we remain fully committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming school community for all of our students and families. We work daily to foster a sense of belonging for all members of the Rocky Run family and are here to provide additional support to individual students as needed. If you feel that your child is in need of additional social or emotional support during these challenging times, please contact us so that a counselor can get in touch with your family. In addition, here are some resources that you might find helpful in addressing these complex issues at home:

Spotlight on Staff and Students:

Our very own ROCK STAR Orchestra Director, Stephen Matthie was featured on FCPS Employee News this week!  And a former RRMS student is featured here: Student Voice- Sean: Mental Health and Wellness - FCPS student Sean shared this video he made about ways to stay connected and to improve your mental health and wellness.

Update Health Forms:

All in person learners received a note from me on 3/11 encouraging families to update health forms.  All families should review the health form in ParentVue and add any existing health conditions that mirror Covid sympoms (i.e. season allergies, chronic headaches, intestinal issues, etc).  The more information that is documented, the more accurate the response will be by our School Health Aide or school staff when the student is on school grounds.  

Parents/guardians are reminded that they can provide this information online via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school module.

You can download the form from the FCPS website or update it in ParentView:

Student Learning Status Update (in-person or virtual):

Due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes at this moment.  If you would like to make a request to change and would like for your child to be placed on the waitlist, please complete the RRMS RTS Intent Change Request Form. You will hear from us as soon as we are able to process your requests. No changes will be accepted after 3/26. Contact our Director of Student Services, Ms. Hong at yjhong@fcps.edu for any questions. 

I will continue to keep you informed as we plan for the end of the year and for transition events to support both rising 7th and 8th grade students for SY21-22.  Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. More coming soon! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Sincerely,

Amy Goodloe, Principal

atgoodloe@fcps.edu

@DrGoodloe

Together WE can do VIRTUALLY anything!

Meet the Rocky Run MS Staff: View our Staff Directory.

Spring Spirit Week  RRMS Leadership Development Presents: 

Spring Spirit Week: Let's start spring break off right! 

March 22 - March 26: In-person and Virtually 

Monday: Pajama Day 

Tuesday: Sports Day

Wednesday: Opposite Day

Thursday: In My Feeling Day 

Friday: Ramstar Day 

View flyer or look in your Grade Level Google Classroom for details! 

Information for in-person learners:

Spring Break Travel

Spring break is just around the corner. Here are some tips to be aware of as families and FCPS staff make plans:

  • Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.
  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions. Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID 19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their students at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.
  • Per the Student Health and Safety Guidance Document, a Daily Health Screening Questionnaire will be required for all students attending in-person instruction. These daily health screening questionnaires will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19. Updates and information is here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/travel-to-areas-with-widespread-ongoing-community-spread/https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

 

Visitor Access and Student Item Drop off:

Please note that visitor access to all FCPS school buildings is limited.   As some students return to school in the building we ask:

  • The building will open at 7:10 AM.
  • On time arrival for students is no later than 7:25.  Class begins at 7:30.
  • Please call the main office (703-802-7700) if you need to drop a student off late or pick up early.
  • All students will have access to FREE breakfast and lunch each day, including items to accommodate dietary restrictions.  Please do not drop off lunches, water bottles or snacks.
  • Music teachers understand when students forget their instruments.  Please do not drop off forgotten instruments, as we cannot guarantee it can get to the students' class

Attendance Reporting:

  • Students are expected to attend in-person on their assigned days
  • If a student must attend virtually on an in-person day, a parent/guardian will be asked to verify that the student is attending online.
  • To report a change in attendance (i.e. appointment, sick, etc.), please contact Rocky Run MS through the Attendance Process:
  • Absence/Tardy Phone Line: 703-802-7782
  • Absence/Tardy Email: RockyRunMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu
  • Report an absence online

Spring Break Travel

Spring break is just around the corner. Here are some tips to be aware of as families and FCPS staff make plans:

  • Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.
  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions. Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID 19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their students at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.
  • Per the Student Health and Safety Guidance Document, a Daily Health Screening Questionnaire will be required for all students attending in-person instruction. These daily health screening questionnaires will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19. Updates and information is here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/travel-to-areas-with-widespread-ongoing-community-spread/https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

SOL Family Town Halls

We will host a Family Town Hall on Tuesday, March 23 at 8:30 AM and 5 PM. Families will have an opportunity to hear about SOL test and ask questions.  Same presentation will be offered at two different times. The session recording will be shared later. 

Town Hall BBCU Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/invite/2de82cd61ed14e43a6afc09f7fda8f12

Student Services

A reminder that FCPS Online Campus Summer Courses are open for registration and available to eligible middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.  Program information is available at Summer Learning

Students can check their 21-22 Course Requests via Student Vue. We encourage everyone to check their selections and contact his/her counselor for any questions.  Library Happenings

Curbside Changes

The Rocky Run MS Library will continue to offer curbside pick-up of library books this spring, but a few things have changed.  Students can still put up to 5 books on hold through the library catalogue, Destiny Discover. Check out the Putting Books on Hold Tutorial for help.  

  • For students returning to school, books put on hold will be delivered to English teachers’ classrooms for student pickup during English class.  
  • For students who are remaining virtual, curbside pick-up will be offered on Mondays from 3pm to 6pm and will now occur at DOOR 1.  
  • Wednesday evening curbside pickup will no longer be available.  Review the Curbside Flyer for more details.
  • Returning books: The book return mailbox has been moved to DOOR 1 (main entrance). In person students can also return their books to the book return outside the library’s entrance once they return.
  • Questions about curbside or access to books?  Email RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu.

Virtual Book Fair March 15 - 21 Don’t forget that RRMS Library's Virtual Book Fair is available ALL YEAR!  Visit our RockyRunMSOnlineBookstore to get started. Also, feel free to share the link with your loved ones!  We are especially encouraging families to make purchases during our book fair week of March 15-21.  Please consider purchasing books written by the authors who will be part of our April Virtual Author Visit--James Ponti, Christina Soonternvat, and Karina Yan Glaser.  You can find all their books in a highlighted group on the RRMS Bookworm Central Virtual Book Fair website.  Your child’s experience at the Virtual Author Visit is sure to be enhanced if they have read some of the books ahead of time.  

Book Fair proceeds directly support the Rocky Run Library. Let’s dive into spring with some new great books!

Infographics

Our librarians, Ms. Grover and Ms. Bickford, have made our library accessible to both virtual and in-person students. To learn about how your student can take advantage of all the library has to offer, review the attached infographics (PDFs). These infographics are also available for students on their grade-level Google Classroom as well as their English teacher. 

Virtual Student Infographic

In-Person Student Infographic

Questions?  Reach out to Ms. Grover and/or Ms. Bickford at RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu

After School Information

Click here for the after-school schedule for the week of March 22nd.    For your planning purposes – there will be no after-school activities on Friday, March 26th, during Spring Break, and on Monday, April 5th.  Our virtual program will start back up again on Tuesday, April 6th.  Have a great, safe Spring Break!

Fairfax County’s Neighborhood and Community Services is offering a virtual spring break program this year (March 29 – April 2). Information and the registration form can be found here in the “Community Opportunities” section.

Good luck to our Science Olympiad team as they participate in the state competition this weekend!  We are proud to have them representing Rocky Run!

Shannon Campbell

After-School Specialist & Building Use Coordinator

Rocky Run MS

703-802-7830

Positivity Project - Love of Learning

Love of learning means that you master new skills and topics on your own or in school. Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard. They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize or a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving.

People who love learning experience positive feelings in the process of acquiring skills, building on existing knowledge, or learning something completely new. Over time, individuals with this strength may develop deep and wide knowledge. Their knowledge enables them to make significant contributions to others’ understanding.

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3/12 RRMS School Updates

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Upcoming Dates:

March 15:  Monday Asynchronous Day - Attendance Check-in required

Students should check 4th period Google Classroom and Learning Calendars.

March 26:  Two Hour Early Release for Students, Last day of Q3

March 29-April 2:  Spring Vacation

View events on our school website.

A Note from Dr. Goodloe

Dear Rocky Run Families and Students,

It has been a great week at Rocky Run MS!  We welcomed about 200 7th grade students to the building this week for in-person learning.  I continue to be impressed by the positive energy, flexibility and resilience of our students and staff.  

We are looking forward to the warmer weather and anticipate getting students outside during the school day.  We are also very hopeful that we will be able to host school events on site to recognize and celebrate the end of the year and especially our 8th graders. More coming soon!

SOL Information:

Please take note of the important information regarding spring SOL assessments below.  We will host a Town Hall for families to share the most up to date information the week of March 22.

Update Health Forms:

All in person learners received a note from me on 3/11 encouraging families to update health forms.  All families should review the health form in ParentVue and add any existing health conditions that mirror Covid sympoms (i.e. season allergies, chronic headaches, intestinal issues, etc).  The more information that is documented, the more accurate the response will be by our School Health Aide or school staff when the student is on school grounds.  

Parents/guardians are reminded that they can provide this information online via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school module.

You can download the form from the FCPS website or update it in ParentView:

Recent Student Successes:

Our seven Battle of the Books teams have finished this year’s competition with 22 other schools! They have adapted to competing virtually really well, using only a Google Doc to communicate between team members during live competition. Students have expanded their love of reading, made new friends, and kept their competition fire alive this year. Although we finish with Battle of the Books by Spring Break, students are already asking, “What’s the plan for next year?”  Thank you to our coaches, Ms. Grover, Ms. Bolton, and Ms. Sweeney.

Our Rams continue to do great things in-person, online and in the community.  Check out this summer of some amazing extracurricular accomplishments:  View HERE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EH11rVKfq5066gQ9WZG6T1Xndnxv7APg/view

Student Learning Status Update (in-person or virtual):

Parents can check their child’s enrollment intent in ParentVUE by clicking on “Student Info” on the left hand menu and scrolling to the bottom of the page to find the “Return to School Responses” field. Due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes at this moment.  If you would like to make a request to change and would like for your child to be placed on the waitlist, please complete the RRMS RTS Intent Change Request Form.You will hear from us as soon as we are able to process your requests. No changes will be accepted after 3/26. Contact our Director of Student Services, Ms. Hong at yjhong@fcps.edu for any questions. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Sincerely,

Amy Goodloe, Principal

atgoodloe@fcps.edu

@DrGoodloe

Together WE can do VIRTUALLY anything!

Meet the Rocky Run MS Staff: View our Staff Directory.

Information for in-person learners:

Visitor Access and Student Item Drop off:

Please note that visitor access to all FCPS school buildings is limited.   As some students return to school in the building we ask:

  • The building will open at 7:10 AM.
  • On time arrival for students is no later than 7:25.  Class begins at 7:30.
  • Please call the main office (703-802-7700) if you need to drop a student off late or pick up early.
  • All students will have access to FREE breakfast and lunch each day, including items to accommodate dietary restrictions.  Please do not drop off lunches, water bottles or snacks.
  • Music teachers understand when students forget their instruments.  Please do not drop off forgotten instruments, as we cannot guarantee it can get to the students' class

Attendance Reporting:

  • Students are expected to attend in-person on their assigned days
  • If a student must attend virtually on an in-person day, a parent/guardian will be asked to verify that the student is attending online.
  • To report a change in attendance (i.e. appointment, sick, etc.), please contact Rocky Run MS through the Attendance Process:
  • Absence/Tardy Phone Line: 703-802-7782
  • Absence/Tardy Email: RockyRunMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu
  • Report an absence online
RRMS Bell Schedule: SOL Updates and Opt-Out Information

All our FCPS students are scheduled to take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) during the end of the school year between late April and early June 2021. Given the challenges of the pandemic, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is allowing students to opt-out of SOL testing for this year. Should you want your child to opt out of testing this year, please fill out the following form as soon as you can so that scheduling the tests can be finalized. Testing schedules and dates will be released as soon as we can.

The tests that are scheduled to be given this year are:

  • Reading 7
  • Reading 8
  • Science 8
  • Math 7
  • Math 8
  • Algebra 1 (Verified Credit for HS)*
  • Algebra 2 (Verified Credit for HS)*
  • Geometry (Verified Credit for HS)*

If your child decides to opt-out of a verified course required for graduation, they will need to take the appropriate SOL test in the Fall of 2021. If you have any questions, you can contact our School Testing Coordinator, Karl Gussow at ksgussow@fcps.edu.

7th Grade FLE Lessons

This is a reminder that the Health and Physical Education Department at RRMS will be teaching 7th grade Human Growth and Development (HGD) the second to last week of the third quarter. The dates for 7th grade (HGD) will be Tuesday March 16 to Friday March 19th. 8th grade Human Growth and Development (HGD) will be taught the last week of the third quarter Tuesday March 23rd to Friday March 26th.  Parents can review the materials online or in the Library be making an appointment during school hours. If you wish to opt out your child from all or part of Family Life Education (FLE) for this second half of the school year or would like more detailed information about grade level programs, please access the opt out forms, opt out letter, and program descriptions for each grade level at  http://www.fcps.edu/is/hpe/fle.shtml.

If you want to opt out your child of any FLE instruction, please download the opt-out form, fill in the appropriate information, and return it to your child’s health education teacher (Mrs. Alderman, Mrs. Larsen, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Basl, Mr. Quinn  and Mr. Mondres).  Please email Martha Alderman at Mwalderman@fcps.edu if you have any questions. 

Student Services

A reminder that FCPS Online Campus Summer Courses are open for registration and available to eligible middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.  Program information is available at Summer Learning

Library Happenings

Curbside Changes

The Rocky Run MS Library will continue to offer curbside pick-up of library books this spring, but a few things have changed.  Students can still put up to 5 books on hold through the library catalogue, Destiny Discover. Check out the Putting Books on Hold Tutorial for help.  

  • For students returning to school, books put on hold will be delivered to English teachers’ classrooms for student pickup during English class.  
  • For students who are remaining virtual, curbside pick-up will be offered on Mondays from 3pm to 6pm and will now occur at DOOR 1.  
  • Wednesday evening curbside pickup will no longer be available.  Review the Curbside Flyer for more details.
  • Returning books: The book return mailbox has been moved to DOOR 1 (main entrance). In person students can also return their books to the book return outside the library’s entrance once they return.
  • Questions about curbside or access to books?  Email RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu.

Virtual Book Fair March 15 - 21 Don’t forget that RRMS Library's Virtual Book Fair is available ALL YEAR!  Visit our RockyRunMSOnlineBookstore to get started. Also, feel free to share the link with your loved ones!  We are especially encouraging families to make purchases during our book fair week of March 15-21.  Please consider purchasing books written by the authors who will be part of our April Virtual Author Visit--James Ponti, Christina Soonternvat, and Karina Yan Glaser.  You can find all their books in a highlighted group on the RRMS Bookworm Central Virtual Book Fair website.  Your child’s experience at the Virtual Author Visit is sure to be enhanced if they have read some of the books ahead of time.  

Book Fair proceeds directly support the Rocky Run Library. Let’s dive into spring with some new great books!

Infographics

Our librarians, Ms. Grover and Ms. Bickford, have made our library accessible to both virtual and in-person students. To learn about how your student can take advantage of all the library has to offer, review the attached infographics (PDFs). These infographics are also available for students on their grade-level Google Classroom as well as their English teacher. 

Virtual Student Infographic

In-Person Student Infographic

Questions?  Reach out to Ms. Grover and/or Ms. Bickford at RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu

After School Information

Click here for the after-school schedule for the week of March 15th.   All clubs will remain virtual at this time.

Congratulations to our Science Bowl Team 1 which won the 2021 Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl Championship (Conducted by Department of Energy). They will represent Virginia in the National finals. Team members are Aaryan S., Arnav B., Avery L., Raghav K., Samarth B.  The team has worked hard and we are very proud of their well-deserved achievement.

Shannon Campbell

After-School Specialist & Building Use Coordinator

Rocky Run MS

703-802-7830

Positivity Project - Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm means you approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you. It is the ability to bring life and excitement to different situations. It often leads to a higher level of involvement and engagement both for individuals and for groups. Those who demonstrate zest and enthusiasm bring an energy and level of intensity to individual and group work. These people are often identified as early leaders and innovators as a result of their outward excitement about a task or project. Look for these people to recruit new group members and generate ideas.

People with enthusiasm and zest are happy, but this strength goes beyond happiness or pleasure. It is an activated positive energy, and associated with self-realization and autonomy. Zest is a strength that has strong connotations with both physical and mental vitality and well-being. It can be fortified through diet, exercise, mindset, and social connection.

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3/5 RRMS School Updates

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Upcoming Dates:

March 8:  7th grade Open House for in-person students, 12-4

Student Holiday - No attendance check-in required.

View events on our school website.

Return to School Timeline

Students who have elected to attend In-Person will return to school on the following schedule:

March 9:           7th Grade, Last Name A-K In Person Students

March 11:         7th Grade, Last Name L-Z In Person Students

A Note from Dr. Goodloe

Dear Rocky Run Families and Students,

It has been a great week at Rocky Run MS!  Our online learners continue to do great things in the virtual environment.  Additionally we welcomed back about 170 8th grade students in two groups to in-person learning!   Teachers continue to be ROCK stars as they adapt to concurrent instruction and provide support for ALL learners both online and in-person, as well as one another.  We are very grateful for the ongoing support, understanding and encouragement of our families.  Together WE...can do anything!

Recent Student Successes:

It has been a pleasure recognizing February Students of the Month and after school program participants for their outstanding achievements.  There are a lot of exciting extra-curricular accomplishments to recognize:

  • Science Bowl teams are competing this weekend
  • Science Olympiad team won 2nd place in the regional tournament and will compete in their state tournament on March 20th.
  • Math Counts - We had 15 students participate in a regional competition and 9 of them advanced to the Regional Invitational.  One of our students, Samarth B., scored 2nd place in Regionals and will be advancing to the State competition. 
  • AMC 10 – We had 10 students participate in this advanced mathematics competition.  Congratulations to our school winner, Samarth B!

Student Learning Status Update (in-person or virtual):

Parents can check their child’s enrollment intent in ParentVUE by clicking on “Student Info” on the left hand menu and scrolling to the bottom of the page to find the “Return to School Responses” field. In order to continue planning for a safe Return to School, and due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes at this moment.  If you would like to make a request to change and would like for your child to be placed on the waitlist, please complete the RRMS RTS Intent Change Request Form. You will hear from us as soon as we are able to process your requests. Contact our Director of Student Services, Ms. Hong at yjhong@fcps.edu for any questions. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Sincerely,

Amy Goodloe, Principal

atgoodloe@fcps.edu

@DrGoodloe

Together WE can do VIRTUALLY anything!

Meet the Rocky Run MS Staff: View our Staff Directory.

Information for in-person learners:

What do in-person mitigation procedures look like?

Watch this video hosted by our administrators and students.

Visitor Access and Student Item Drop off:

Please note that visitor access to all FCPS school buildings is limited.   As some students return to school in the building we ask:

  • The building will open at 7:10.
  • On time arrival for students is no later than 7:25.  Class begins at 7:30.
  • Please call the main office (703-802-7700) if you need to drop a student off late or pick up early.
  • All students will have access to FREE breakfast and lunch each day, including items to accommodate dietary restrictions.  Please do not drop off lunches, water bottles or snacks.
  • Music teachers understand when students forget their instruments.  Please do not drop off forgotten instruments, as we cannot guarantee it can get to the students' class

Attendance Reporting:

  • Students are expected to attend in-person on their assigned days
  • If a student must attend virtually on an in-person day, a parent/guardian will be asked to verify that the student is attending online.
  • To report a change in attendance (i.e. appointment, sick, etc.), please contact Rocky Run MS through the Attendance Process:
  • Absence/Tardy Phone Line: 703-802-7782
  • Absence/Tardy Email: RockyRunMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu
  • Report an absence online
RRMS Bell Schedule: Students of the Month: February 2021

Bravery: Claire Yehsuh Kim, Lucy Ivy, Ivana Hamad, Anna Tung

Creativity: Brayden Sabine, Hannah Duvvur, Alan Najarro Ronquillo, Leila Oshinski, Joseph Soriano, Eric Kim

Purpose: Sharif Mokhsijerjian, Malia Flecker, Noah Vicari, Kyle Henderson

Perseverance: Jason Choo, Sarah Sitoula, Bayley Kooba, Daniel Kim

SOL Updates and Opt-Out Information

All our FCPS students are scheduled to take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) during the end of the school year between late April and early June 2021. Given the challenges of the pandemic, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is allowing students to opt-out of SOL testing for this year. Should you want your child to opt out of testing this year, please fill out the following form as soon as you can so that scheduling the tests can be finalized. Testing schedules and dates will be released as soon as we can.

The tests that are scheduled to be given this year are:

  • Reading 7
  • Reading 8
  • Science 8
  • Math 7
  • Math 8
  • Algebra 1 (Verified Credit for HS)*
  • Algebra 2 (Verified Credit for HS)*
  • Geometry (Verified Credit for HS)*

If your child decides to opt-out of a verified course required for graduation, they will need to take the appropriate SOL test in the Fall of 2021. If you have any questions, you can contact our School Testing Coordinator, Karl Gussow at ksgussow@fcps.edu.

7th Grade FLE Lessons

This is a reminder that the Health and Physical Education Department at RRMS will be teaching 7th grade Human Growth and Development (HGD) the second to last week of the third quarter. The dates for 7th grade (HGD) will be Tuesday March 16 to Friday March 19th. 8th grade Human Growth and Development (HGD) will be taught the last week of the third quarter Tuesday March 23rd to Friday March 26th.  Parents can review the materials online or in the Library be making an appointment during school hours. If you wish to opt out your child from all or part of Family Life Education (FLE) for this second half of the school year or would like more detailed information about grade level programs, please access the opt out forms, opt out letter, and program descriptions for each grade level at  http://www.fcps.edu/is/hpe/fle.shtml.

If you want to opt out your child of any FLE instruction, please download the opt-out form, fill in the appropriate information, and return it to your child’s health education teacher (Mrs. Alderman, Mrs. Larsen, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Basl, Mr. Quinn  and Mr. Mondres).  Please email Martha Alderman at Mwalderman@fcps.edu if you have any questions. 

Library Happenings

Curbside Changes

The Rocky Run MS Library will continue to offer curbside pick-up of library books this spring, but a few things have changed.  Students can still put up to 5 books on hold through the library catalogue, Destiny Discover. Check out the Putting Books on Hold Tutorial for help.  

  • For students returning to school, books put on hold will be delivered to English teachers’ classrooms for student pickup during English class.  
  • For students who are remaining virtual, curbside pick-up will be offered on Mondays from 3pm to 6pm and will now occur at DOOR 1.  
  • Wednesday evening curbside pickup will no longer be available.  Review the Curbside Flyer for more details.
  • Returning books: The book return mailbox has been moved to DOOR 1 (main entrance). In person students can also return their books to the book return outside the library’s entrance once they return.
  • Questions about curbside or access to books?  Email RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu.

Virtual Book Fair March 15 - 21 Don’t forget that RRMS Library's Virtual Book Fair is available ALL YEAR!  Visit our RockyRunMSOnlineBookstore to get started. Also, feel free to share the link with your loved ones!  We are especially encouraging families to make purchases during our book fair week of March 15-21.  Please consider purchasing books written by the authors who will be part of our April Virtual Author Visit--James Ponti, Christina Soonternvat, and Karina Yan Glaser.  You can find all their books in a highlighted group on the RRMS Bookworm Central Virtual Book Fair website.  Your child’s experience at the Virtual Author Visit is sure to be enhanced if they have read some of the books ahead of time.  

Book Fair proceeds directly support the Rocky Run Library. Let’s dive into spring with some new great books!

Questions?  Reach out to Ms. Grover and/or Ms. Bickford at RockyRunMSLibrary@fcps.edu

After School Information

Click here for the after-school schedule for the week of March 8th.   All clubs will remain virtual at this time.

Shannon Campbell

After-School Specialist & Building Use Coordinator

Rocky Run MS

703-802-7830

Positivity Project - Cheering Others' Success

Being happy for other people when they succeed isn’t always everyone’s initial reaction. Often, it’s easy to become jealous or envious of others’ victories – or even to experience schadenfreude, which is deriving pleasure from witnessing (or learning about) another person’s misfortune. People who have these reactions to the success or misfortune of others are colloquially known as “haters.” It’s important to note that these are natural emotions and in small doses can be helpful in allowing us to see what we care about – and motivate us to pursue those goals.

But making a commitment towards cheering on other people’s successes can be a great way to improve our own health, happiness, and relationships. People can take active steps to be more genuinely happy for the achievements of others. Ways to do this include: telling others about the success of your modest friend; noticing when your reaction to a sibling’s success is envy or jealousy – and asking yourself why that is; reminding yourself that appreciating the excellence in another is a character strength; asking your successful teammates and classmates what they do to prepare for games or tests.

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