After-School Program

AFTER-SCHOOL CALENDAR - WEEK OF 4/12

AFTER-SCHOOL CALENDAR - WEEK OF 4/19

4TH QUARTER CLUBS - MASTER SCHEDULE

First Come, First Served - 

Remember that clubs are filled on a first come, first served basis.  When you see a club you are interested in, sign up!  There is no guarantee that spots will be available if you delay. 

After-School Announcements:

New Clubs!

Check the "Club Descriptions" sheet on Ramsville for more information on our newest clubs that will start after Spring Break

-American Sign Language (ASL) Club - program information and sign up form are posted on Ramsville!

 -Two fantastic Oakton High School students have created a great program - Prep Leaders - that focuses on academic tutoring and mentorship.  They have recruited over 75 high school volunteers to support our Fairfax County middle school students.  Their program is focused on academic tutoring (homework help, educational games, etc.) and mentoring (teachings on equity, mental health, etc.).  This is an awesome opportunity for our Rocky Run students.  After-school sessions will start in the next week or two, so if you are interested in signing up, please complete this form so we can create groups and get information sent out!  

- Scratch Programming and Fremont Debate Club.  If you are interested, sign up as soon as possible as spaces are limited!  Once you complete the google form to sign up for each club, the next screen will direct you to join the club's google classroom.  There you will find club announcements, resources, and the meeting links.

Program Accolades! 

AMC 10 – We had 10 students participate in this advanced mathematics competition.  Congratulations to our school winner, Samarth B!

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.

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.  Thank you to our coaches, Ms. Roller and Ms. Little.

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.  Thank you to our coach, Ms. Balachandran.

Science Olympiad team won 2nd place in the regional tournament and will compete in their state tournament on March 20th.  Thank you to our coach, Mrs. Vinay, and Ms. Alderman for helping facilitate this group. *UPDATE - Congratulations to our states team on winning the 3rd place school trophy in the state tournament!  We are so proud of your hard work, dedication, and commitment to the team!*

Congratulations to Rocky Run’s 2021 Spelling Bee Champion Anshul Y. Anshul’s extensive word knowledge, including the word “sibilant,” put him over the top in a competitive field of spellers.  The runners up in this year’s Bee were Ashrit G., Sreesai J., and Isha J. Anshul will go on to represent Rocky Run at the Fairfax County Bee in March.  Thank you to the 26 students who participated in the practice sessions and tests.  Kudos to Ms. Wetzel for coordinating and Mr. Linck, Ms. Bartling, and Ms. Simmons for helping us out with the competition!

Xtreme Bots #30490 competed this weekend Saturday and Sunday tournament held virtually organized by James Madison University.  The team won Robot Design Award in Division 2.  There were 64 teams competed in states this weekend together for both divisions 1 and 2.  30 teams were in division 2.

Team members got medals in participating in states and one team Award for Robot Design 

Saatvik K.- 7th grade Rocky Run Middle school 

Rishikesh N. -7th grade Rocky Run Middle school 

Pranav S. -7th grade Rocky Run Middle school 

Sai Varun K.-7th grade Rocky Run Middle school 

Jonathan M. - 7th grade Rocky Run Middle school 

Medha K. - 6th grade Greenbriar Elementary school 

Tanmay D. - 6th grade Poplar Tree Elementary school 

 

Summer Opportunities

*Unless noted, these are not FCPS or Rocky Run programs.  Please review all program materials and registrations with a parent/guardian before signing up.*

Young Actors Summer Intensive Program

Modeled after our curriculum for adults, the Young Actors Summer Intensive nurtures creativity, develops vocal and physical skills, and enhances the young actors’ ability to perform and work together as an ensemble. Three weeks of full-day sessions include skill-building exercises and morning classes specifically focusing on movement, voice, and musical theater. Afternoon acting training includes monologues and scene study from both contemporary and classical literature and ensemble work.

Session 1: June 28 - July 16, Monday - Friday 9am-3pm

Session 2: July 19 - August 6, Monday - Friday 9am-3pm

**Classes will meet in person**

The program also offers full scholarships to half of the students who register.  See the program flyer and registration information here.

Community Opportunities 

TJ BioCode Competition - 

Are you interested in biology or computer science? Do you enjoy competing and working with other students? TJHSST Bioinformatics Society is hosting its 5th annual BioCode competition, with over $1000 in prizes. To register, please sign up at this link: BioCode signup form.

For more information, feel free to check out our website: tjbiocode.weebly

Intro to Podcasts for Girls - 

Update - this program is full!  Intro to Podcast for Girls-  Sponsored by Girls Inspired & Ready to Lead, Inc. (GIRL) - Are you a young lady that is interested in learning how to create a Podcast?  We will have a 10-session program that teaches you how! Sign up on the attached Google Form.  

Girls Inspired & Ready to Lead, Inc. (GIRL) is sponsoring a Intro to Podcasting program for female Middle School students for free.  They are looking for about 25 girls to participate in this 5 week/10 session program. 

April 6 – May 6 (5 Weeks; 10 Sessions)

Tuesdays and Thursdays | 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Here is some more info about G.I.R.L.-  Girls Inspired & Ready to Lead, Inc. (GIRL), a non-profit organization designed to mentor and empower teen girls for future success through promoting career exploration, leadership development, and confidence building was founded by Danielle Craddock in 2010.  Since its founding, GIRL has served more than 1,200 middle and high school girls through Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) camps; workshops; annual career conferences; worksite visits; and community service events. Danielle also co-founded the award-winning Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM (FOCUS) summer camp in partnership with George Mason University’s College of Science, exposing girls to STEM education and encouraging them to pursue studies and a career in STEM. GIRL has also partnered with Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services Computer Clubhouses and Tech Centers and offered free workshops and STEM camps at neighborhood community centers.

Leadership Program -

Learn how to make your voice heard!  Join the Speak To Empower (STEP) program.  You will work with your peers as well as High School mentors to learn leadership skills such as public speaking.  Everyone is invited!  

Speak To Empower (STEP) is a youth led program that was founded by two current FCPS high school students: Odessa Zhang and Vihaan Mathur.  Their focus is on cultivating public speaking and leadership skills within middle schoolers around FCPS. They want to ensure that underprivileged students are given the opportunity to work hands-on with public speaking. 

Meeting Information: Begins March 19 at 3:00 PM via Google Meets Sign Up Link: https://forms.gle/h1H5URmTW8Y6zHY8A Google Classroom Link: o5qtjuu

Programming Workshop (Focus on Python) - 

The Programming Club at Chantilly High School will be holding a Programming Workshop for 7th-12th grade students and it is on March 20th at 9:00am-11:30am.

Please see the attached flyer for the Programming Workshop for more information and the sign up link.  

Leadership & Public Speaking Opportunity -

Interested in improving your leadership and public speaking skills?  Check out the attached link for more information on an eight-week series, meeting once a week for 1-2 hours to work on various aspects of leadership with an emphasis on public speaking. The first date is April 7 from 4-5:30pm and repeats every Wednesday through the end of May. You will sign up for the first session, but come to every session.

Spaces are very limited in this program, so if you are interested, don't delay! 

Teen Leadership Workshop with Toastmasters - The Youth Leadership Program enables participants to develop communication and leadership skills through practical experience. Participants will learn to: •    Evaluate current public speaking ability •    Organize and give speeches •    Give impromptu talks •    Control voice, vocabulary and gestures •    Give constructive feedback and more

This is an 8 week, 1 session per week, program. By signing up you are committing to attending for all 8 weeks. This program is being run by the Fairfax County Public Library.  

STEM Opportunity

ChalkBox is a nonprofit organization aimed toward assisting students with virtual learning and providing accessible education during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through our program, we hope to give students an opportunity to conduct various STEM laboratory experiments in their own homes.  All materials needed for these experiments will be provided beforehand. This program is open to all middle school students, and will be offered free of cost to all students that indicate any financial need.  See this link for more information.

8th annual Invitation Science Fair with the Mythvestigations Club at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Rocky Run students are invited to participate in the 8th annual Invitation Science Fair with the Mythvestigations Club at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.  Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present it virtually at a scheduled time slot from March 19 to 21, 2021. Information sessions will be held throughout the year to provide students with guidance on how to create a research project, so we encourage all students regardless of experience to participate.

The attached flyer has information about the fair.    

An interest/brainstorming session will be held on December 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Students should use the link tinyurl.com/2021isf to sign up for the interest session. Additionally, students must register for the fair by December 18. Participants can find more details on the fair and registration forms on our website: tjsciencefair.wordpress.com. 

The group hopes that hosting a science fair will still provide students a chance to participate in research and apply their interests in science, even outside of a physical classroom.

 

Where should my student find program information? 

All After-School Program information is posted on the student site, Ramsville, in the "After-School" section.  Here students will find:

1. Step by step instructions on how to register for the program and enroll in clubs

2. "Clubs by Day" spreadsheet, which lists our current club offerings by day/session (please note - not all clubs will start on 9/21.  Students should check for all club details, including start date, in the "Club Descriptions" spreadsheet.)

3. "Club Description" spreadsheet, which lists all club details, session times, start dates, and enrollment links.

Spaces are limited in programs, so students should only enroll in activities in which they plan on actively participating.  Once they fill out the enrollment form, they will receive a message either directing them to enroll in the club's Google Classroom or letting them know that the club sponsor will send a meeting link prior to the first club meeting.

General Program Information

Attendance - Attendance will be taken during all after-school sessions.

Club Specific Registration

Most clubs are open enrollment; however, some clubs will have membership requirements.  Because all programs are virtual at this time, students will need to complete a google form (posted on the student site, Ramsville), in order to gain access to the club's Google Classroom and/or receive the meeting link from the club sponsor.  If there is a selection process, club sponsors will review program information, commitment requirements, and the club selection process at the initial club meeting.

Program Preview 

A preliminary list of club offerings will be posted at the top of this page.  Please check this list frequently as clubs will be added throughout the year.  If your student is interested in starting a new club, he/she should complete this club proposal form and return it to Mrs. Campbell at slcampbell@fcps.edu

Communications

Program information will be posted on the new student website (Ramsville), here on the Rocky Run public website, and on the 7th and 8th grade google classroom sites.  A weekly schedule will be posted every Friday for the following week. 

Program Registration

ALL Rocky Run students must submit a program registration form prior to participating in the after-school program.  Form is coming soon! 

Important Program Dates:

·         September 21 – First day of after-school activities 

·         May 27– Last day of after-school activities

·         The After-School Program will not meet on student holidays, early release days, or during inclement weather cancellations. In addition, there will be no after-school activities or buses on the following dates: October 9, November 23-24, December 18, January 15, February 12, 

If you have a program question, please contact Shannon Campbell, After-School Specialist, at SLCampbell@fcps.edu.

 

Mission of the After-School Programs:

Rocky Run Middle School is committed to promoting active participation in extracurricular activities to support the academic mission and enrich the lives of students. Students who engage in these programs are more likely to develop positive attitudes towards school, achieve full academic potential, and become productive citizens. Students are encouraged to maintain a balance between their instructional studies, after school activities, and other outside interests.  The Middle School After-School Program is funded and implemented through a collaborative partnership between Fairfax County Public Schools, Office of After-School Programs, and the Fairfax County Government, Department of Community and Recreation Services.