3rd Quarter Updates -
We will be evaluating club attendance so we can open up spots in some of our closed clubs. Watch for announcements on Rock News and the student Ramsville site. When you see a club that you are interested in participating in, make sure to sign up using the links on the after-school section of Ramsville!
We will be hosting a virtual Spelling Bee this year! If you are intrigued by words and language, have a talent for spelling, or just love to compete, the Rocky Run Spelling Bee might be for you! Four practice sessions will be held during the weeks of 1/25 and 2/1 to help RRMS students prepare for the school-wide, online Spelling Bee. You only need to attend one of these meetings to qualify to compete in the school bee in February, but that one meeting is a firm requirement to compete in the school bee. These after-school meetings will help you learn the rules and procedures of this year’s online spelling bee, as well as give you study resources and a chance to practice with like-minded spellers. If you want more practice, you are welcome to attend two, three or all four meetings.
The sign up link is posted in the "club descriptions" sheet on the After-School section of Ramsville.
Practices (students must attend at least 1 of these practices in order to qualify to take the test):
Tuesday, 1/26, 1st session (2:30-3:30 pm)
Thursday, 1/28, 2nd session (3:30-4:30 pm)
Tuesday, 2/2, 1st session (2:30-3:30 pm)
Thursday, 2/4, 2nd session (3:30-4:30 pm)
Spelling Bee Test - you will need an adult proctor at home!
Tuesday, 2/9, 1st session (2:30-3:30 pm)
snow date – Tuesday, 2/16, 1st session (2:30-3:30 pm)
Spelling Bee - you will need an adult proctor at home!
Tuesday, 2/16, 1st & 2nd sessions (2:30-4:30 pm - or whenever a winner is selected)
snow date (or if 2/9 test was pushed back) - Tuesday, 2/23, 1st & 2nd sessions (2:30-4:30 pm - or whenever a winner is selected)
Thank you to all students who participated in the Western Fairfax Talent Showcase! We were so impressed by your talents and your willingness to participate. The video is posted on the grade level google classrooms and Ramsville. Check it out with your student!
Thank you to all students who participated in the AMC 8 competition. Mrs. Campbell has the scores - email her at SLCampbell@fcps.edu if you haven't yet received yours.
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.
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.
Innovative Thinkers Competition
Hello students! Welcome to MEDLIFE TJ’s first annual Innovative Thinkers Competition, where you can showcase your innovative ideas and skills. We are excited that you are interested, and we look forward to reviewing your projects. Your task is to identify a real problem that people face today and come up with a novel solution. Feel free to get creative! There are no limitations on what kinds of problems you have to pick - think as small or large as you want. You may work by yourself, with a partner, or in a group of three. There are prizes for winners! More details can be found here.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
- After-School Specialist