The Wildcat Way - October 18, 2019

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Principal's Message Dear Whitman Community,   Next week is an exciting one at Whitman!  We have quite a bit going on.  First of all, the PTSA will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival at Whitman MS on Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  We encourage students accompanied by their parents to attend for an evening of fun and games.  We will also have quite a number of faculty members sponsoring Trunk or Treat in the front parking lot.  See the flyer below and make your plans to attend today!   Also next week, we begin our first musical concerts of the year!  On Tuesday, October 22 at 7 PM, Mr. Lackie and his students will be performing the Fall Choral Preview.  And then on Wednesday, October 23 at 7 PM, Mr. Meltzer and Ms. Hardin will lead their students in the Fall Instrumental Preview.  Please come out and enjoy these performances.   I am pleased to welcome our new Military & Family Life Counselor, Ms. Karen Jones.  She is here to support our military connected students.  Her background in counseling spans over 10 years;  8 of those years were spent working with children ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  She comes to us from Lee County, Virginia which is near the Kentucky/Tennessee border.  Parents of military connected students are asked to complete a consent form if they would like their student to receive support/services from Ms. Jones.  You can reach out to her at kmjones1@fcps.edu.   It is hard to believe but the first grading period comes to an end in two weeks.  Make sure your students are checking in with their teachers to see if they have any work to complete.  I’m hoping we will have an all-time high number of students making the Honor Roll this quarter!  If you as parents have any questions, be sure to contact your school counselor or your child’s teachers.

 

Thank you for all you do to support the Whitman Community and have a great week!   Craig Herring, Principal PICTURE RETAKES - OCTOBER 21ST Picture retakes will be taken this Monday, October 21st from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the lecture hall.  If your child was absent during the first picture day, or if you did not like the proof that was sent home this week, please have them talk to their morning teachers so they can have their pictures taken.  If you have any questions, please call Ms. Miller in the attendance office, 703-660-2405.                                                                             We are looking for parents interested in volunteering to help with the vision and hearing screening on October 21st! If interested please call the Health Room at 703-660-2410.   Thank you!   Mariah Eichelberger, BSN, RN, CPN Public Health Nurse, School Health

 

                                                                                           

                          

 

                                                                                                                              

Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students.

The federal presence in our area and the significant tax exemptions available to federally connected personnel, businesses, and agencies has permitted Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to be eligible for federal Impact Aid grants.

Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. The grants from these programs will become a part of FCPS' general operating budget and are critical to ensuring that all children in FCPS receive an excellent education. FCPS anticipates receiving about $3,000,000 annually in Impact Aid funds.

FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources. Starting on October 21, the survey will be distributed to all FCPS families. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school by October 30. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. FCPS staff will process the information with the utmost confidentiality. To ensure complete accuracy, please use the pre-filled survey that was sent home with your child.  If it is not available, please use the form below.

If you need more information regarding the Student-Parent Survey, please call 703-329-7655 to speak with an Information Technology staff member. Additional information about Impact Aid Programs and grants is available on the U.S. Department of Education's website at DoED Impact Aid Programs.

Video link - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

                                                                                

 

Parents of Middle School Students:  Free College Financial Aid Awareness Workshop Thursday, October 24, 2019 (7-9 pm) at Whitman Middle School

This program is designed for middle and elementary school parents to give them a “30,000 feet” view of the basics of post-secondary education, college savings plans, and the resources available through FCPS.  Register to attend on the College Access Fairfax website. 

 

Acompañenos a una presentación gratuita sobre la Ayuda Financiera de la Universidad para los Padres de la Escuela Intermedia Jueves, 24 de octobre de 2019 (7-9 pm) á Escuela Intermedia Whitman

Este programa está diseñado para que los padres de escuelas intermedias y elementales les brinden una visión a grandes rasgos de los conceptos básicos de la educación postsecundaria, los planes de ahorro para la universidad y los recursos disponibles a través de FCPS.  Ofrecen servicio de traducion.  Regístrese para asistir en el sitio web de College Access Fairfax.

 

                                                                                                     

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

 

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu

 

 

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Información del Programa de Instrucción sobre Educación para la Vida Familiar

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax (FCPS) proporcionan un programa secuencial y exhaustivo de Educación para la Vida Familiar (FLE) para alumnos desde kindergarten hasta el grado doce. La instrucción se considera una labor conjunta entre los padres, los tutores legales, la escuela y la comunidad a fin de apoyar el aprendizaje que es esencial para establecer lazos familiares sólidos, relaciones positivas y una comunidad saludable.

 

Los padres o tutores legales pueden optar por excluir a su hijo del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar o de parte de él. A los alumnos que optan por no participar se les proporciona, sin sanción alguna, instrucción alternativa sobre salud según su edad, y se hace el mayor esfuerzo posible para fomentar el respeto por las decisiones de la familia. Si desea excluir a su hijo del programa FLE o de parte del programa este año escolar, usted encontrará los formularios de exclusión incluidos en los paquetes de regreso a clases y de orientación de su hijo y en el Internet en Primaria (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education, Intermedia (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle y Secundaria (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Por favor, llene el formulario de opción de exclusión y devuélvalo a la escuela de su hijo antes de que empiece la instrucción del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar.

 

La descripción detallada del programa está disponible en el internet según el grado en Primaria (K-6) , Intermedia (7-8) y Secundaria (9-12). Los padres pueden ver en el Internet las lecciones específicas por grado y los videos para los cuales FCPS tiene derechos de transmisión en la cuenta Parent View 24-7 (Blackboard) de FCPS https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Encontrará información sobre esta cuenta en su escuela local o en el Internet en http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. También puede encontrar las lecciones específicas por grado en la Biblioteca Regional del Condado de Fairfax en la ciudad de Fairfax (esta biblioteca no cuenta con los videos de las lecciones). Las lecciones y los videos del grado de su hijo que no pueden verse en línea se encuentran a su disposición en la biblioteca de la escuela de su hijo si usted los quiere revisar. Debido a los derechos de autor, no podemos transmitir todos los videos por Internet.

 

Las preguntas que tenga con respecto al programa puede dirigirlas a la escuela de su hijo o puede llamar al Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción al 571-423-4550 o enviarle un correo electrónico a Elizabeth Payne, coordinadora del programa de Salud y Educación Física, a etpayne@fcps.edu.

 

 

 

 

                                                   

 

Walt Whitman Middle School has partnered with Food for Neighbors to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity because even in a county as wealthy as Fairfax, one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger.

 

Food for Neighbors is a local organization addressing this problem by collecting food from our community via the Red Bag Program and donating directly to our local schools. The food is then distributed to the students on Friday afternoons and through our food pantry.

 

We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months.

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food for Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
  2. Fill the Red Bag with food items that are listed on a tag on that bag.
  3. Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day. (Collection dates are also listed on the tag.)

 

Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house and the food delivered to Whitman MS and then distributed to students in need through a Weekend Snack Program. As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!

 

With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here.

 

Other volunteer opportunities include Driving to pick up filled Red Bags and Sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karisa Gearheart (school social worker) kdgearheart@fcps.edu or Laura Wainwright (FFN parent liaison) laura@foodforneighbors.org

 

Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need that extra support!

 

WHITMAN PTSA

The Whitman PTSA board would like to thank you in advance for your support. Questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. PTSA email is Parentsforwhitman@gmail.com. We also post upcoming events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhitmanPTSA/.

 

Co-Presidents: William Curtis & LaShawne Curtis

Vice-President: Stephanie Reynolds  

Co-Secretaries: Ian and Jade Spurgeon

Treasurer: Marie McCain

2500 Parkers Ln Alexandria, VA 22306  | Main Office: 703-660-2400
Attendance: 703-660-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

The Wildcat Way - October 11, 2019

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                                                                                We are looking for parents interested in volunteering to help with the vision and hearing screening on October 21st! If interested please call the Health Room at 703-660-2410.   Thank you!   Mariah Eichelberger, BSN, RN, CPN Public Health Nurse, School Health

 

                                                                                           

                          

 

Parents of Middle School Students:  Free College Financial Aid Awareness Workshop Thursday, October 24, 2019 (7-9 pm) at Whitman Middle School

This program is designed for middle and elementary school parents to give them a “30,000 feet” view of the basics of post-secondary education, college savings plans, and the resources available through FCPS.  Register to attend on the College Access Fairfax website. 

 

Acompañenos a una presentación gratuita sobre la Ayuda Financiera de la Universidad para los Padres de la Escuela Intermedia Jueves, 24 de octobre de 2019 (7-9 pm) á Escuela Intermedia Whitman

Este programa está diseñado para que los padres de escuelas intermedias y elementales les brinden una visión a grandes rasgos de los conceptos básicos de la educación postsecundaria, los planes de ahorro para la universidad y los recursos disponibles a través de FCPS.  Ofrecen servicio de traducion.  Regístrese para asistir en el sitio web de College Access Fairfax.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

 

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu

 

 

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Información del Programa de Instrucción sobre Educación para la Vida Familiar

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax (FCPS) proporcionan un programa secuencial y exhaustivo de Educación para la Vida Familiar (FLE) para alumnos desde kindergarten hasta el grado doce. La instrucción se considera una labor conjunta entre los padres, los tutores legales, la escuela y la comunidad a fin de apoyar el aprendizaje que es esencial para establecer lazos familiares sólidos, relaciones positivas y una comunidad saludable.

 

Los padres o tutores legales pueden optar por excluir a su hijo del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar o de parte de él. A los alumnos que optan por no participar se les proporciona, sin sanción alguna, instrucción alternativa sobre salud según su edad, y se hace el mayor esfuerzo posible para fomentar el respeto por las decisiones de la familia. Si desea excluir a su hijo del programa FLE o de parte del programa este año escolar, usted encontrará los formularios de exclusión incluidos en los paquetes de regreso a clases y de orientación de su hijo y en el Internet en Primaria (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education, Intermedia (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle y Secundaria (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Por favor, llene el formulario de opción de exclusión y devuélvalo a la escuela de su hijo antes de que empiece la instrucción del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar.

 

La descripción detallada del programa está disponible en el internet según el grado en Primaria (K-6) , Intermedia (7-8) y Secundaria (9-12). Los padres pueden ver en el Internet las lecciones específicas por grado y los videos para los cuales FCPS tiene derechos de transmisión en la cuenta Parent View 24-7 (Blackboard) de FCPS https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Encontrará información sobre esta cuenta en su escuela local o en el Internet en http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. También puede encontrar las lecciones específicas por grado en la Biblioteca Regional del Condado de Fairfax en la ciudad de Fairfax (esta biblioteca no cuenta con los videos de las lecciones). Las lecciones y los videos del grado de su hijo que no pueden verse en línea se encuentran a su disposición en la biblioteca de la escuela de su hijo si usted los quiere revisar. Debido a los derechos de autor, no podemos transmitir todos los videos por Internet.

 

Las preguntas que tenga con respecto al programa puede dirigirlas a la escuela de su hijo o puede llamar al Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción al 571-423-4550 o enviarle un correo electrónico a Elizabeth Payne, coordinadora del programa de Salud y Educación Física, a etpayne@fcps.edu.

 

 

 

 

                                                   

 

Walt Whitman Middle School has partnered with Food for Neighbors to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity because even in a county as wealthy as Fairfax, one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger.

 

Food for Neighbors is a local organization addressing this problem by collecting food from our community via the Red Bag Program and donating directly to our local schools. The food is then distributed to the students on Friday afternoons and through our food pantry.

 

We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months.

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food for Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
  2. Fill the Red Bag with food items that are listed on a tag on that bag.
  3. Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day. (Collection dates are also listed on the tag.)

 

Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house and the food delivered to Whitman MS and then distributed to students in need through a Weekend Snack Program. As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!

 

With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here.

 

Other volunteer opportunities include Driving to pick up filled Red Bags and Sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karisa Gearheart (school social worker) kdgearheart@fcps.edu or Laura Wainwright (FFN parent liaison) laura@foodforneighbors.org

 

Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need that extra support!

 

WHITMAN PTSA

The Whitman PTSA board would like to thank you in advance for your support. Questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. PTSA email is Parentsforwhitman@gmail.com. We also post upcoming events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhitmanPTSA/.

 

Co-Presidents: William Curtis & LaShawne Curtis

Vice-President: Stephanie Reynolds  

Co-Secretaries: Ian and Jade Spurgeon

Treasurer: Marie McCain

2500 Parkers Ln Alexandria, VA 22306  | Main Office: 703-660-2400
Attendance: 703-660-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

The Wildcat Way - October 4, 2019

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Principal's Message

                                    

Dear Whitman Community,

 

This weekend looks to bring in some much welcomed cooler weather.  I’m sure our Fort Belvoir families will be happy to have such glorious weather for Oktoberfest!

 

Our 8th graders completed their field trips to Finance Park.  Finance Park is funded by Junior Achievement as well as many other business partners.  It provides students with a dynamic, hands-on financial literacy education.  All 8th graders in FCPS participate in this important event.  Students traveled to the state of the art storefront facility in Fairfax and were given a fictional adult profile and a budget.  They had to make important decisions about mortgages/rent, purchasing an automobile, buying insurance, and raising a family.  This simulation allowed students to experience what adults do to balance their budgets.  Be sure to ask your student about his/her experience!  Learn more about it at www.myja.org/financepark/.

 

On Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, the Whitman PTSA will be hosting its annual Fall Festival.  There will be games, treats, and fun.  We welcome staff, parents, community members, students, and siblings.

 

As we approach the halfway point of the first grading period, please take a moment to log onto ParentVue and check your student’s progress.  If you are unsure how to do this, go to this website and follow the instructions provided (www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-overview).  Or you can always contact your student’s school counselor at 703-660-2428.

 

Thank you for all you do to support the Whitman Community and I hope you have a great weekend!

 

Craig Herring, Principal

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Students are taught about bullying as part of the health and counseling curriculum using age appropriate language and examples.

FCPS is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn.  Through school-wide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways.  A culture of acceptance and creation of safe opportunities to discuss concerns is actively developed through class meetings, interactions, and relationships with caring adults.

Bullying

Bullying in Students Rights and Responsibilities is defined as:  “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyberbullying. “Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.”

When bullying is reported, school administrators are directed to take immediate action to investigate and respond.  Parents and/or guardians are contacted and the principal may assign a consequence ranging from a conference to recommendation for expulsion.  Incidents involving substantial threats or assault will also be reported to the police. When a student with a disability is involved in a bullying incident, a referral to the individualized education program (IEP) team to consider additional interventions may also be made.

In addition to the disciplinary consequence for the specific behavior, school administrators, counselors, psychologists, or social workers will work with all involved students and intervene with the student who engaged in the bullying behavior, with the target of that behavior, and with the by-standers who witnessed the behavior.  The primary goals of these interventions are:

  • To ensure that the student who bullied will understand that such behaviors are unacceptable, and understand the potential harm and impact of the behaviors
  • The safety of the target will be ensured, and the target will feel safe, supported, and learn some positive approaches to dealing with this type of behavior
  • The by-standers will learn that they have a responsibility to report such behavior to adults, and will learn effective strategies for intervening when they see bullying behavior in the future

In some cases, the administrator may invite students and parents and/or guardians to participate in a Restorative Justice conference in an attempt to give the students a deeper understanding of the impact of their behavior, to develop empathy, and to provide an opportunity for the student to take responsibility for the harm caused and work on a way to restore the damaged relationship.  Parents and/or guardians and students meet first with a trained facilitator to gain an understanding of the process, and are given an opportunity to decide whether or not to participate.  Participation is always voluntary.  With support and trained facilitation, the target of the bullying (and the student’s parents and/or guardians) is given an opportunity to explain the impact of the bullying in a safe environment. In this way, the underlying issues can be resolved and are much less likely to resurface again for the students.

Students are taught about bullying as part of the health and counseling curriculum using age appropriate language and examples.  The curriculum expands as the students get older and more mature.  The lessons help students better recognize bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or a hostile environment, and to report them if they experience or witness these behaviors.

Under Virginia law, intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass someone using a computer network or to communicate obscene, vulgar, or indecent language or threaten any immoral or illegal act may be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.  The Student Rights and Responsibilities booklet states that cyber-bullying that takes place during school hours, on the bus, or using school equipment will be subject to disciplinary action.  Cyber-bullying that occurs from home or when the student is not under school supervision is not regulated by the school.  Parents and/or guardians reporting this type of out of school behavior will be referred to the police to file charges if desired.

Harassment

Harassment involves emotional abuse and includes verbal or physical threats, physical assaults, bullying and theft of property. When bullying or harassment is targeted at members of religious groups, is based on shared ethnic characteristics, or includes gender and sexual harassment of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender individuals it is considered a violation of federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the Office of Civil Rights.  Schools where such behavior is reported will take immediate action to investigate, and if discriminatory behavior has occurred will take action to end the harassment, to eliminate any hostile environment and its effects, and to prevent the harassment from recurring.  Any suspected discrimination or harassment must be reported to the Office of Equity and Compliance.

FCPS collaborates with the office of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) in Fairfax County to ensure that consistent messages about bullying are integrated into activities at after school programs, teen centers, and community centers. NCS has developed a toolkit to address bullying and other issues (drug use, depression, teen dating abuse) which includes resources for parents and/or guardians, and for community groups (scouts, faith youth groups, etc.) to use when working with youth in community activities.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

 

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu

 

 

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Información del Programa de Instrucción sobre Educación para la Vida Familiar

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax (FCPS) proporcionan un programa secuencial y exhaustivo de Educación para la Vida Familiar (FLE) para alumnos desde kindergarten hasta el grado doce. La instrucción se considera una labor conjunta entre los padres, los tutores legales, la escuela y la comunidad a fin de apoyar el aprendizaje que es esencial para establecer lazos familiares sólidos, relaciones positivas y una comunidad saludable.

 

Los padres o tutores legales pueden optar por excluir a su hijo del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar o de parte de él. A los alumnos que optan por no participar se les proporciona, sin sanción alguna, instrucción alternativa sobre salud según su edad, y se hace el mayor esfuerzo posible para fomentar el respeto por las decisiones de la familia. Si desea excluir a su hijo del programa FLE o de parte del programa este año escolar, usted encontrará los formularios de exclusión incluidos en los paquetes de regreso a clases y de orientación de su hijo y en el Internet en Primaria (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education, Intermedia (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle y Secundaria (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Por favor, llene el formulario de opción de exclusión y devuélvalo a la escuela de su hijo antes de que empiece la instrucción del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar.

 

La descripción detallada del programa está disponible en el internet según el grado en Primaria (K-6) , Intermedia (7-8) y Secundaria (9-12). Los padres pueden ver en el Internet las lecciones específicas por grado y los videos para los cuales FCPS tiene derechos de transmisión en la cuenta Parent View 24-7 (Blackboard) de FCPS https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Encontrará información sobre esta cuenta en su escuela local o en el Internet en http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. También puede encontrar las lecciones específicas por grado en la Biblioteca Regional del Condado de Fairfax en la ciudad de Fairfax (esta biblioteca no cuenta con los videos de las lecciones). Las lecciones y los videos del grado de su hijo que no pueden verse en línea se encuentran a su disposición en la biblioteca de la escuela de su hijo si usted los quiere revisar. Debido a los derechos de autor, no podemos transmitir todos los videos por Internet.

 

Las preguntas que tenga con respecto al programa puede dirigirlas a la escuela de su hijo o puede llamar al Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción al 571-423-4550 o enviarle un correo electrónico a Elizabeth Payne, coordinadora del programa de Salud y Educación Física, a etpayne@fcps.edu.

 

 

 

FCPS Career Switcher Information Session – October 14, 2019

The Office of Talent Acquisition & Management (TAM) will host a Career Switcher Information Session at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center on Monday, October 14, 2019. This event will give military veterans, community members and anyone interested an opportunity to learn how to become a licensed Virginia teacher.

The information session will begin with presentations from the five approved Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) career switcher programs, Educate Virginia, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Shenandoah University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Troops to Teachers will also present their program offerings to our military veteran attendees. A panel of FCPS educators will share valuable information with attendees, followed by an opportunity to network with the six presenters, the FCPS licensure team and the substitute office.

We would like you to share this event information with your school community, parents, FCPS employees and anyone in your network seeking information on becoming a licensed Virginia teacher.

 

Event Information Monday, October 14, 2019  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Willow Oaks Administrative Center Building 8270 / Room 1000A

 

Action Required: Please distribute to your community. Individuals interested in attending should register here.

 

Deadline

10/13/2019

Contact

Lena Cohen lmcohen@fcps.edu 571-423-3162

Walt Whitman Middle School has partnered with Food for Neighbors to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity because even in a county as wealthy as Fairfax, one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger.

 

Food for Neighbors is a local organization addressing this problem by collecting food from our community via the Red Bag Program and donating directly to our local schools. The food is then distributed to the students on Friday afternoons and through our food pantry.

 

We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months.

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food for Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
  2. Fill the Red Bag with food items that are listed on a tag on that bag.
  3. Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day. (Collection dates are also listed on the tag.)

 

Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house and the food delivered to Whitman MS and then distributed to students in need through a Weekend Snack Program. As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!

 

With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here.

 

Other volunteer opportunities include Driving to pick up filled Red Bags and Sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karisa Gearheart (school social worker) kdgearheart@fcps.edu or Laura Wainwright (FFN parent liaison) laura@foodforneighbors.org

 

Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need that extra support!

 

WHITMAN PTSA

The Whitman PTSA board would like to thank you in advance for your support. Questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. PTSA email is Parentsforwhitman@gmail.com. We also post upcoming events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhitmanPTSA/.

 

Co-Presidents: William Curtis & LaShawne Curtis

Vice-President: Stephanie Reynolds  

Co-Secretaries: Ian and Jade Spurgeon

Treasurer: Marie McCain

2500 Parkers Ln Alexandria, VA 22306  | Main Office: 703-660-2400
Attendance: 703-660-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

The Wildcat Way - September 24, 2019

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Principal's Message

                                    

Dear Whitman Community,

 

Happy first day of Fall!  I wanted to let you know that we are excited to have implemented a Character Education Program at Whitman MS called Second Step (https://www.secondstep.org/middle-school-curriculum).  Second Step helps teach students powerful skills and competencies—like handling strong emotions, setting and meeting goals, making good decisions, and forging positive relationships—while building the safe, supported learning environment middle schoolers need to succeed.  Our staff wanted to be sure we were meeting the social emotional needs of our students beyond academics.  If you have any questions, contact your student’s school counselor.

 

On October 24 from 6 – 8 PM, we will be having our annual Fall Festival and “Trunk or Treat” event.  Last year we had a huge turnout and I hope we can repeat that!  Please mark you calendar!  Notice a few of the Trunk or Treat displays from last year below!

 

Thank you for all you are doing to support our students and have a great week!

 

Craig Herring, Principal

 

 

Fort Belvoir #Be There Resiliency Challenge

The Mount Vernon Pyramid principals participated in the #Be There Resiliency Challenge on September 6 on Fort Belvoir to support Suicide Prevention.  Here is video documenting the event.  https://youtu.be/upWjWcqAU7g

 

                                                                                                                

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

 

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu

 

 

                                                                            .

Información del Programa de Instrucción sobre Educación para la Vida Familiar

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax (FCPS) proporcionan un programa secuencial y exhaustivo de Educación para la Vida Familiar (FLE) para alumnos desde kindergarten hasta el grado doce. La instrucción se considera una labor conjunta entre los padres, los tutores legales, la escuela y la comunidad a fin de apoyar el aprendizaje que es esencial para establecer lazos familiares sólidos, relaciones positivas y una comunidad saludable.

 

Los padres o tutores legales pueden optar por excluir a su hijo del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar o de parte de él. A los alumnos que optan por no participar se les proporciona, sin sanción alguna, instrucción alternativa sobre salud según su edad, y se hace el mayor esfuerzo posible para fomentar el respeto por las decisiones de la familia. Si desea excluir a su hijo del programa FLE o de parte del programa este año escolar, usted encontrará los formularios de exclusión incluidos en los paquetes de regreso a clases y de orientación de su hijo y en el Internet en Primaria (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education, Intermedia (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle y Secundaria (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Por favor, llene el formulario de opción de exclusión y devuélvalo a la escuela de su hijo antes de que empiece la instrucción del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar.

 

La descripción detallada del programa está disponible en el internet según el grado en Primaria (K-6) , Intermedia (7-8) y Secundaria (9-12). Los padres pueden ver en el Internet las lecciones específicas por grado y los videos para los cuales FCPS tiene derechos de transmisión en la cuenta Parent View 24-7 (Blackboard) de FCPS https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Encontrará información sobre esta cuenta en su escuela local o en el Internet en http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. También puede encontrar las lecciones específicas por grado en la Biblioteca Regional del Condado de Fairfax en la ciudad de Fairfax (esta biblioteca no cuenta con los videos de las lecciones). Las lecciones y los videos del grado de su hijo que no pueden verse en línea se encuentran a su disposición en la biblioteca de la escuela de su hijo si usted los quiere revisar. Debido a los derechos de autor, no podemos transmitir todos los videos por Internet.

 

Las preguntas que tenga con respecto al programa puede dirigirlas a la escuela de su hijo o puede llamar al Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción al 571-423-4550 o enviarle un correo electrónico a Elizabeth Payne, coordinadora del programa de Salud y Educación Física, a etpayne@fcps.edu.

FCPS Career Switcher Information Session – October 14, 2019

The Office of Talent Acquisition & Management (TAM) will host a Career Switcher Information Session at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center on Monday, October 14, 2019. This event will give military veterans, community members and anyone interested an opportunity to learn how to become a licensed Virginia teacher.

The information session will begin with presentations from the five approved Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) career switcher programs, Educate Virginia, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Shenandoah University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Troops to Teachers will also present their program offerings to our military veteran attendees. A panel of FCPS educators will share valuable information with attendees, followed by an opportunity to network with the six presenters, the FCPS licensure team and the substitute office.

We would like you to share this event information with your school community, parents, FCPS employees and anyone in your network seeking information on becoming a licensed Virginia teacher.

 

Event Information Monday, October 14, 2019  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Willow Oaks Administrative Center Building 8270 / Room 1000A

 

Action Required: Please distribute to your community. Individuals interested in attending should register here.

 

Deadline

10/13/2019

Contact

Lena Cohen lmcohen@fcps.edu 571-423-3162

Walt Whitman Middle School has partnered with Food for Neighbors to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity because even in a county as wealthy as Fairfax, one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger.

 

Food for Neighbors is a local organization addressing this problem by collecting food from our community via the Red Bag Program and donating directly to our local schools. The food is then distributed to the students on Friday afternoons and through our food pantry.

 

We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months.

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food for Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
  2. Fill the Red Bag with food items that are listed on a tag on that bag.
  3. Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day. (Collection dates are also listed on the tag.)

 

Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house and the food delivered to Whitman MS and then distributed to students in need through a Weekend Snack Program. As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!

 

With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here.

 

Other volunteer opportunities include Driving to pick up filled Red Bags and Sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karisa Gearheart (school social worker) kdgearheart@fcps.edu or Laura Wainwright (FFN parent liaison) laura@foodforneighbors.org

 

Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need that extra support!

 

WHITMAN PTSA

The Whitman PTSA board would like to thank you in advance for your support. Questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. PTSA email is Parentsforwhitman@gmail.com. We also post upcoming events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhitmanPTSA/.

 

Co-Presidents: William Curtis & LaShawne Curtis

Vice-President: Stephanie Reynolds  

Co-Secretaries: Ian and Jade Spurgeon

Treasurer: Marie McCain

2500 Parkers Ln Alexandria, VA 22306  | Main Office: 703-660-2400
Attendance: 703-660-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

The Wildcat Way - September 16, 2019

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Principal's Message

                                    

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Information sessions for 8th grade students and parents

 

Have you heard of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology?

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is an option for rising high school students who are strong academically, currently enrolled in Algebra 1 or a higher math class and who have a genuine interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or Computer Science.

 

Students should demonstrate the following:

  • Current enrollment in Algebra 1 or higher.
  • High ability, aptitude, and interest in math, science, and technology.
  • Intellectual curiosity and self-motivation to pursue scientific research.
  • A desire to be challenged with an extensive curriculum focused in math, science, and technology.
  • The highest academic and personal integrity.
  • An aspiration to become a member of a community of learners, explorers, mentors, and leaders.There are 2 upcoming information sessions at Whitman Middle School. During these sessions you will learn more about the program and the application process.
  • Parent info session in the evening on Tuesday September 17th, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Reach out to the student services department if you have any questions at 703-660-2412

Richmond Highway BRT Third Public Information Meeting Set for September 17, 2019

 

Fairfax County will hold a third Public Information Meeting on the Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the gymnasium at Bryant High School located at 2709 Popkins Lane in Alexandria.

The meeting will feature an open house from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m. Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) staff and project consultants will provide updates on the BRT project, discuss next steps, answer questions and take public comments from the community related to the planning and design of the BRT system. 

In compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106 and 36 CFR, Part 800), information concerning the potential effects of the proposed project on properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places will be provided in the project’s environmental documentation and will be available for comment at this meeting.

Services Available Upon Request Project Background

BRT is a high-quality public transportation system that operates much like rail service, but uses buses on a separate, dedicated transit way. The Richmond Highway BRT Project implements recommendations developed during a 2015 Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) study, to be completed in several sections. The initial sections are:

  • Section 1 includes 0.7 miles on N. Kings Highway from Huntington Metrorail Station to Richmond Highway, and 2.4 miles on Richmond Highway to Hybla Valley.
  • Section II extends 5.5 miles along Richmond Highway from Hybla Valley to Fort Belvoir.

The BRT project is part of Fairfax County’s Embark Richmond Highway program, which also includes road widening, enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities and facilitates increased development because of the recently adopted comprehensive plan amendment aimed at preparing the corridor for the BRT system. The Richmond Highway BRT project is funded in part by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

Stay Involved

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the information meetings, keep up with the latest news and information about the project and give feedback. Below are ways to stay engaged:

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

 

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu

 

 

                                                                            .

Información del Programa de Instrucción sobre Educación para la Vida Familiar

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax (FCPS) proporcionan un programa secuencial y exhaustivo de Educación para la Vida Familiar (FLE) para alumnos desde kindergarten hasta el grado doce. La instrucción se considera una labor conjunta entre los padres, los tutores legales, la escuela y la comunidad a fin de apoyar el aprendizaje que es esencial para establecer lazos familiares sólidos, relaciones positivas y una comunidad saludable.

 

Los padres o tutores legales pueden optar por excluir a su hijo del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar o de parte de él. A los alumnos que optan por no participar se les proporciona, sin sanción alguna, instrucción alternativa sobre salud según su edad, y se hace el mayor esfuerzo posible para fomentar el respeto por las decisiones de la familia. Si desea excluir a su hijo del programa FLE o de parte del programa este año escolar, usted encontrará los formularios de exclusión incluidos en los paquetes de regreso a clases y de orientación de su hijo y en el Internet en Primaria (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education, Intermedia (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle y Secundaria (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Por favor, llene el formulario de opción de exclusión y devuélvalo a la escuela de su hijo antes de que empiece la instrucción del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar.

 

La descripción detallada del programa está disponible en el internet según el grado en Primaria (K-6) , Intermedia (7-8) y Secundaria (9-12). Los padres pueden ver en el Internet las lecciones específicas por grado y los videos para los cuales FCPS tiene derechos de transmisión en la cuenta Parent View 24-7 (Blackboard) de FCPS https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Encontrará información sobre esta cuenta en su escuela local o en el Internet en http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. También puede encontrar las lecciones específicas por grado en la Biblioteca Regional del Condado de Fairfax en la ciudad de Fairfax (esta biblioteca no cuenta con los videos de las lecciones). Las lecciones y los videos del grado de su hijo que no pueden verse en línea se encuentran a su disposición en la biblioteca de la escuela de su hijo si usted los quiere revisar. Debido a los derechos de autor, no podemos transmitir todos los videos por Internet.

 

Las preguntas que tenga con respecto al programa puede dirigirlas a la escuela de su hijo o puede llamar al Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción al 571-423-4550 o enviarle un correo electrónico a Elizabeth Payne, coordinadora del programa de Salud y Educación Física, a etpayne@fcps.edu.

WHITMAN PTSA

The Whitman PTSA board would like to thank you in advance for your support. Questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. PTSA email is Parentsforwhitman@gmail.com. We also post upcoming events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhitmanPTSA/.

 

Co-Presidents: William Curtis & LaShawne Curtis

Vice-President: Stephanie Reynolds  

Co-Secretaries: Ian and Jade Spurgeon

Treasurer: Marie McCain

2500 Parkers Ln Alexandria, VA 22306  | Main Office: 703-660-2400
Attendance: 703-660-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Lockdown Drill today

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Dear Parent:

Every school facility in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has in place crisis management and emergency preparedness plans, designed with the help of the school system’s security planning staff, local law enforcement, and emergency management officials. Plans are regularly reviewed and updated. The plans include procedures to respond to critical incidents, like fire and tornadoes, and we practice these drills regularly. Now, we, along with other Fairfax County schools, have formally added an additional drill, called a lockdown drill.

A lockdown is a well-established procedure designed to protect students and staff members in a case in which there might be threats of violence within a school. During a lockdown, students remain in their classrooms or are escorted to classrooms if they are in the halls, and all interior and exterior doors are closed and locked. Once the facility is rendered safe and students are accounted for, the school is returned to normal operation.

 
While we have no reason to believe that any threat of violence will arise, it is always best to be prepared. It is important to train students and staff members so that we can effectively implement a lockdown in the event one becomes necessary. Training helps ensure a calmer, more effective lockdown.

To implement this training, our school conducted a lockdown drill today. The drill is generally short, typically lasting no longer than a fire drill. It is conducted in collaboration with the FCPS Office of Safety and Security. 

I will continue to keep you informed of safety and security measures in place at Whitman Middle School. If you have questions, please call me at 703-660-2400. I appreciate your continued support in these matters.

Sincerely yours,

Craig Herring, Principal

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The Wildcat Way - September 6

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Principal's Message

                                    

Back To School Night, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Whitman MS

All parents are invited to attend our annual Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Parents will walk through their child’s schedule.  Please ask your child for a copy of his/her schedule (completed in Advisory Tuesday morning with a school map) or you can access class schedules through ParentVue.  You may also take a picture of your child’s paper copy on your phone.  If you do not have a copy of your student’s schedule, counselors will be available to provide them in the cafeteria.  All parents should be in their Advisory (8th period class) by 6:00 PM.  The evening should conclude around 8:00 PM.  In addition, starting at 5:00 PM, we will be holding special Early Bird Sessions with more information about selected topics.  Please consider attending these sessions.

 

BTSN Early Bird Sessions (5:00 – 5:20 PM and repeated 5:30 – 5:50 PM):

Lecture Hall:

  • After School Programming with Mr. Chris Tippins

Room A8 (AVID Room):  

  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program with Mrs. Bayer

Parent Center (Room A14):

  • Technology Information with Mrs. Quarles
  • Parent VUE

Library:

  • My School Bucks, Finance with Mrs. Gowins
  • School Board Member Video Presentations
  • Thomas Jefferson Admissions with Mr. Fisher

Cafeteria:

  • Community School Initiative with Ms. Montecinos
  • PTSA

Room E9:

  • Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview

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Parents should report to Advisory (8th period) by 6:00 PM.

 

Advisory (8th period):          6:00 – 6:20 PM 

1st period                              6:24 – 6:34 PM

2nd period                             6:38 – 6:48 PM

3rd period                              6:52 – 7:02 PM

4th period                              7:06 – 7:16 PM

5th period                              7:20 – 7:30 PM

6th period                              7:34 – 7:44 PM

7th period                              7:48 – 7:58 PM

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Information sessions for 8th grade students and parents

 

Have you heard of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology?

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is an option for rising high school students who are strong academically, currently enrolled in Algebra 1 or a higher math class and who have a genuine interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or Computer Science.

 

Students should demonstrate the following:

  • Current enrollment in Algebra 1 or higher.
  • High ability, aptitude, and interest in math, science, and technology.
  • Intellectual curiosity and self-motivation to pursue scientific research.
  • A desire to be challenged with an extensive curriculum focused in math, science, and technology.
  • The highest academic and personal integrity.
  • An aspiration to become a member of a community of learners, explorers, mentors, and leaders.There are 2 upcoming information sessions at Whitman Middle School. During these sessions you will learn more about the program and the application process.
  • Parent info session in the evening on Tuesday September 17th, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Reach out to the student services department if you have any questions at 703-660-2412

Richmond Highway BRT Third Public Information Meeting Set for September 17, 2019

 

Fairfax County will hold a third Public Information Meeting on the Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the gymnasium at Bryant High School located at 2709 Popkins Lane in Alexandria.

The meeting will feature an open house from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m. Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) staff and project consultants will provide updates on the BRT project, discuss next steps, answer questions and take public comments from the community related to the planning and design of the BRT system. 

In compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106 and 36 CFR, Part 800), information concerning the potential effects of the proposed project on properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places will be provided in the project’s environmental documentation and will be available for comment at this meeting.

Services Available Upon Request Project Background

BRT is a high-quality public transportation system that operates much like rail service, but uses buses on a separate, dedicated transit way. The Richmond Highway BRT Project implements recommendations developed during a 2015 Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) study, to be completed in several sections. The initial sections are:

  • Section 1 includes 0.7 miles on N. Kings Highway from Huntington Metrorail Station to Richmond Highway, and 2.4 miles on Richmond Highway to Hybla Valley.
  • Section II extends 5.5 miles along Richmond Highway from Hybla Valley to Fort Belvoir.

The BRT project is part of Fairfax County’s Embark Richmond Highway program, which also includes road widening, enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities and facilitates increased development because of the recently adopted comprehensive plan amendment aimed at preparing the corridor for the BRT system. The Richmond Highway BRT project is funded in part by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

Stay Involved

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the information meetings, keep up with the latest news and information about the project and give feedback. Below are ways to stay engaged:

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

 

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu

 

 

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Información del Programa de Instrucción sobre Educación para la Vida Familiar

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax (FCPS) proporcionan un programa secuencial y exhaustivo de Educación para la Vida Familiar (FLE) para alumnos desde kindergarten hasta el grado doce. La instrucción se considera una labor conjunta entre los padres, los tutores legales, la escuela y la comunidad a fin de apoyar el aprendizaje que es esencial para establecer lazos familiares sólidos, relaciones positivas y una comunidad saludable.

 

Los padres o tutores legales pueden optar por excluir a su hijo del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar o de parte de él. A los alumnos que optan por no participar se les proporciona, sin sanción alguna, instrucción alternativa sobre salud según su edad, y se hace el mayor esfuerzo posible para fomentar el respeto por las decisiones de la familia. Si desea excluir a su hijo del programa FLE o de parte del programa este año escolar, usted encontrará los formularios de exclusión incluidos en los paquetes de regreso a clases y de orientación de su hijo y en el Internet en Primaria (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education, Intermedia (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle y Secundaria (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Por favor, llene el formulario de opción de exclusión y devuélvalo a la escuela de su hijo antes de que empiece la instrucción del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar.

 

La descripción detallada del programa está disponible en el internet según el grado en Primaria (K-6) , Intermedia (7-8) y Secundaria (9-12). Los padres pueden ver en el Internet las lecciones específicas por grado y los videos para los cuales FCPS tiene derechos de transmisión en la cuenta Parent View 24-7 (Blackboard) de FCPS https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Encontrará información sobre esta cuenta en su escuela local o en el Internet en http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. También puede encontrar las lecciones específicas por grado en la Biblioteca Regional del Condado de Fairfax en la ciudad de Fairfax (esta biblioteca no cuenta con los videos de las lecciones). Las lecciones y los videos del grado de su hijo que no pueden verse en línea se encuentran a su disposición en la biblioteca de la escuela de su hijo si usted los quiere revisar. Debido a los derechos de autor, no podemos transmitir todos los videos por Internet.

 

Las preguntas que tenga con respecto al programa puede dirigirlas a la escuela de su hijo o puede llamar al Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción al 571-423-4550 o enviarle un correo electrónico a Elizabeth Payne, coordinadora del programa de Salud y Educación Física, a etpayne@fcps.edu.

WHITMAN PTSA

The Whitman PTSA board would like to thank you in advance for your support. Questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. PTSA email is Parentsforwhitman@gmail.com. We also post upcoming events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhitmanPTSA/.

 

Co-Presidents: TSgt. William Curtis  & Mrs. LaShawne Curtis

Vice-President: Stephanie Reynolds  

Co-Secretaries: Ian and Jade Spurgeon

Treasurer: Marie McCain

2500 Parkers Ln Alexandria, VA 22306  | Main Office: 703-660-2400
Attendance: 703-660-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Back To School Night

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Back To School Night, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Whitman MS

All parents are invited to attend our annual Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Parents will walk through their child’s schedule.  Please ask your child for a copy of his/her schedule (completed in Advisory Tuesday morning with a school map) or you can access class schedules through ParentVue.  You may also take a picture of your child’s paper copy on your phone.  If you do not have a copy of your student’s schedule, counselors will be available to provide them in the cafeteria.  All parents should be in their Advisory (8th period class) by 6:00 PM.  The evening should conclude around 8:00 PM.  In addition, starting at 5:00 PM, we will be holding special Early Bird Sessions with more information about selected topics.  Please consider attending these sessions.

BTSN Early Bird Sessions (5:00 – 5:20 PM and repeated 5:30 – 5:50 PM):

Lecture Hall:

  • After School Programming with Mr. Chris Tippins

Room A8 (AVID Room):  

  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program with Mrs. Bayer

Parent Center (Room A14):

  • Technology Information with Mrs. Quarles
  • Parent VUE

Library:

  • My School Bucks, Finance with Mrs. Gowins
  • School Board Member Video Presentations
  • Thomas Jefferson Admissions with Mr. Fisher

Cafeteria:

  • Community School Initiative with Ms. Montecinos
  • PTSA

Room E9:

  • Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview

 

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Parents should report to Advisory (8th period) by 6:00 PM.

 

Advisory (8th period):          6:00 – 6:20 PM 

1st period                              6:24 – 6:34 PM

2nd period                             6:38 – 6:48 PM

3rd period                              6:52 – 7:02 PM

4th period                              7:06 – 7:16 PM

5th period                              7:20 – 7:30 PM

6th period                              7:34 – 7:44 PM

7th period                              7:48 – 7:58 PM

 

 

 

2500 Parkers Ln Alexandria, VA 22306  | Main Office: 703-660-2400
Attendance: 703-660-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

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Principal's Message

                                    

Dear Whitman Community,

The school year is off to a great start!  We welcomed over 1000 students to Whitman on the first day.  Many staff members remarked to me how polite, friendly, and enthusiastic the students have been.  They are also ready to learn!  Thanks to all the parents for preparing your students for a great year!

All parents are invited to attend our annual Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Parents will walk through their child’s schedule and meet the teachers.  Please ask your child for a copy of his/her schedule (completed in Advisory that morning with a school map) or you can access class schedules through ParentVue.  You may also take a picture of your child’s paper copy on your phone.  If you do not have a copy of your student’s schedule, counselors will be available to provide them in the cafeteria.  All parents should be in the Advisory (8th period class) by 6:00 PM.  The evening should conclude around 8:00 PM.

I’ve provided some important information below about schedules, transportation, Kiss and Ride, and more.  Please read through it carefully and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me directly at caherring@fcps.edu.  Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Sincerely,

Craig Herring, Principal

 

School Hours, Cell Phone Policy, Schedules, and Transportation 

We appreciate your help ensuring Whitman MS is a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff.

  • School begins at 7:30 AM
  • Student Arrival:  No earlier than 6:50 AM. Doors will open at that time.  Please do not arrive prior to then as staff supervision is not available.
  • At 7:00 AM, 7th grade students will be directed to the 7th grade gym, 8th grade students will be directed to the 8th grade gym.  If students are eating breakfast, they will go to the cafeteria.
  • Per FCPS Guidelines for Middle School:  Cell phones must be silenced and kept put away for the duration of the school day.  At 7:20 AM, students must store phones in a backpack, pencil bag, etc. during the school day.  Teachers may allow cell phone usage in their classrooms at their discretion with the support of the administration.  Cell phones may be used on campus before the first bell and after the last bell.  Failure to follow these guidelines may result in phones being confiscated for the day and/or other consequences assigned by an administrator.

 

  • Once dismissed for the day at 2:15 PM, students may not return to school for any reason.  The Whitman After School Program does not begin until September 23rd and therefore, all students will need to ride the bus home or get picked up by 2:30 PM.
  • Please follow all traffic procedures when utilizing the Kiss and Ride (see below).
  Kiss and Ride

If you drive your child to school and/or pick up your child, please pack your patience. The first several weeks do involve long lines in the Kiss and Ride. Please remember we have students and staff walking in our parking lots and across our cross walks. To ensure EVERYONE arrives and leaves safely, please drive slowly, stay off phones, be alert, and be patient.  Once the routine sets in, we will have smooth sailing for the year – thanks to your help and patience!

 

Bus transportation is provided for all Whitman MS students. Having your student use the bus helps reduce traffic congestion. Bus transportation is strongly encouraged. Late arrival to school due to traffic is unexcused. To ensure the safety of our students we implement a traffic plan for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. We understand that you have pressing appointments and engagements; however, we must make certain all students arrive and depart in an orderly and safe manner.

If you choose to drive your child to school:

  • No traffic will be permitted past the bus attendant at the front parking lot with the exception of the buses and Whitman Middle School staff.
  • The bus lane at the front of the school is one-way at all times.  When facing entrance #1, the traffic flows from right to left.
  • The Kiss and Ride area is out front on Parkers Lane so do not enter the parking lot.  Some parents find it easier to drop students off in the Sherwood Hall Library parking lot.  However, please note this is very crowded on Wednesdays with the Farmer’s Market so we encourage you to use the Kiss and Ride on Parkers Lane. 
  • You may pick your child up early for appointments before 2:00 PM. Park out on Parkers Lane or you may get trapped in the visitor’s spaces when buses arrive.
  • Following the departure of all buses, you may pick up your child at the front of the building. Plan to pick up after 2:25 PM. If you arrive earlier, you will be in bus traffic.  Parents must come into the building after dismissal and present identification.

Thank you in advance for your assistance, understanding, and patience.

 

 

 

                                                                        

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Information sessions for 8th grade students and parents

 

Have you heard of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology?

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is an option for rising high school students who are strong academically, currently enrolled in Algebra 1 or a higher math class and who have a genuine interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or Computer Science.

 

Students should demonstrate the following:

  • Current enrollment in Algebra 1 or higher.
  • High ability, aptitude, and interest in math, science, and technology.
  • Intellectual curiosity and self-motivation to pursue scientific research.
  • A desire to be challenged with an extensive curriculum focused in math, science, and technology.
  • The highest academic and personal integrity.
  • An aspiration to become a member of a community of learners, explorers, mentors, and leaders.There are 2 upcoming information sessions at Whitman Middle School. During these sessions you will learn more about the program and the application process.
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  • Student only information session next Tuesday September 3rd from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
  • Parent info session in the evening on Tuesday September 17th, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Reach out to the student services department if you have any questions at 703-660-2412

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

 

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu

 

 

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Información del Programa de Instrucción sobre Educación para la Vida Familiar

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax (FCPS) proporcionan un programa secuencial y exhaustivo de Educación para la Vida Familiar (FLE) para alumnos desde kindergarten hasta el grado doce. La instrucción se considera una labor conjunta entre los padres, los tutores legales, la escuela y la comunidad a fin de apoyar el aprendizaje que es esencial para establecer lazos familiares sólidos, relaciones positivas y una comunidad saludable.

 

Los padres o tutores legales pueden optar por excluir a su hijo del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar o de parte de él. A los alumnos que optan por no participar se les proporciona, sin sanción alguna, instrucción alternativa sobre salud según su edad, y se hace el mayor esfuerzo posible para fomentar el respeto por las decisiones de la familia. Si desea excluir a su hijo del programa FLE o de parte del programa este año escolar, usted encontrará los formularios de exclusión incluidos en los paquetes de regreso a clases y de orientación de su hijo y en el Internet en Primaria (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education, Intermedia (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle y Secundaria (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Por favor, llene el formulario de opción de exclusión y devuélvalo a la escuela de su hijo antes de que empiece la instrucción del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar.

 

La descripción detallada del programa está disponible en el internet según el grado en Primaria (K-6) , Intermedia (7-8) y Secundaria (9-12). Los padres pueden ver en el Internet las lecciones específicas por grado y los videos para los cuales FCPS tiene derechos de transmisión en la cuenta Parent View 24-7 (Blackboard) de FCPS https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Encontrará información sobre esta cuenta en su escuela local o en el Internet en http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. También puede encontrar las lecciones específicas por grado en la Biblioteca Regional del Condado de Fairfax en la ciudad de Fairfax (esta biblioteca no cuenta con los videos de las lecciones). Las lecciones y los videos del grado de su hijo que no pueden verse en línea se encuentran a su disposición en la biblioteca de la escuela de su hijo si usted los quiere revisar. Debido a los derechos de autor, no podemos transmitir todos los videos por Internet.

 

Las preguntas que tenga con respecto al programa puede dirigirlas a la escuela de su hijo o puede llamar al Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción al 571-423-4550 o enviarle un correo electrónico a Elizabeth Payne, coordinadora del programa de Salud y Educación Física, a etpayne@fcps.edu.

WHITMAN PTSA

The Whitman PTSA board would like to thank you in advance for your support. Questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. PTSA email is Parentsforwhitman@gmail.com. We also post upcoming events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhitmanPTSA/.

 

Co-Presidents: TSgt. William Curtis  & Mrs. LaShawne Curtis

Vice-President: Stephanie Reynolds  

Co-Secretaries: Ian and Jade Spurgeon

Treasurer: Marie McCain

2500 Parkers Ln Alexandria, VA 22306  | Main Office: 703-660-2400
Attendance: 703-660-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

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Principal's Message

                                    

Dear Whitman Community,

The 2019-20 school year is right around the corner.  For students new to Whitman MS, a Student Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 22 from 7:30 – 10:00 AM.  Transportation is provided.  If you have not received bus information for the orientation, see the bus schedule below.  This is a student only event for new 7th graders and new to Whitman 8th graders. 

 

We invite all parents to Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 10 starting at 6:00 PM.  Parents will be able to follow their students’ schedules, meet teachers, sign up for the PTSA ($10 dues), and more.  Please join us for this great event!

*NEW* Cell Phone Policy:  Per FCPS Guidelines for Middle School

 

Phones must be silenced and kept put away for the duration of the school day.  Storage may be in a PE locker, backpack, pencil bag, etc. during the day.  Teachers may allow cell phone usage in their classrooms at their discretion with the support of the administration.  Cell phones may be used on campus before the first bell and after the last bell.  Failure to follow these guidelines may result in phones being confiscated for the day and/or other consequences assigned by an administrator.

 

Many of the returning 8th grade parents and students have been asking how they can access their class schedules.  Fortunately, the FCPS Student Information System (SIS) supports all aspects of a student’s educational experience and includes demographic data and information related to scheduling, attendance, discipline, health, grades, test results, and academic programs.  SIS is a secure, web-based system accessible by staff, students, and parents.

 

All Walt Whitman Middle School students’ schedules will be available online Thursday, August 22 beginning at 6:00 am.  Please use your username and password to access this information.  Students can click on the link below:

https://sisstudent.fcps.edu/SVUE/Login_Student_PXP_OVR.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

 

Parents can access this information at the following address:

https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/login_parent_pxp_ovr2.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

 

If students or parents prefer, printed schedules will be made available in the Student Services office on Friday, August 23 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

Please contact the Director of Student Services, Mr. Ausbrooks at maausbrooks@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you soon.  Enjoy the last weekend of summer vacation!

 

Craig Herring, Principal

 

 

                                                                        

New Student Orientation Bus Schedule WHITMAN PTSA

The Whitman PTSA board would like to thank you in advance for your support. Questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. PTSA email is Parentsforwhitman@gmail.com. We also post upcoming events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhitmanPTSA/.

 

Co-Presidents: TSgt. William Curtis  & Mrs. LaShawne Curtis

Vice-President: Stephanie Reynolds  

Co-Secretaries: Ian and Jade Spurgeon

Treasurer: Marie McCain

2500 Parkers Ln Alexandria, VA 22306  | Main Office: 703-660-2400
Attendance: 703-660-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

The Wildcat Way - August 21

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Principal's Message

                                    

Dear Whitman Community,

The 2019-20 school year is right around the corner.  For students new to Whitman MS, a Student Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 22 from 7:30 – 10:00 AM.  Transportation is provided.  If you have not received bus information for the orientation, see the bus schedule below.  This is a student only event for new 7th graders and new to Whitman 8th graders. 

 

We invite all parents to Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 10 starting at 6:00 PM.  Parents will be able to follow their students’ schedules, meet teachers, sign up for the PTSA ($10 dues), and more.  Please join us for this great event!

*NEW* Cell Phone Policy:  Per FCPS Guidelines for Middle School

 

Phones must be silenced and kept put away for the duration of the school day.  Storage may be in a PE locker, backpack, pencil bag, etc. during the day.  Teachers may allow cell phone usage in their classrooms at their discretion with the support of the administration.  Cell phones may be used on campus before the first bell and after the last bell.  Failure to follow these guidelines may result in phones being confiscated for the day and/or other consequences assigned by an administrator.

 

Many of the returning 8th grade parents and students have been asking how they can access their class schedules.  Fortunately, the FCPS Student Information System (SIS) supports all aspects of a student’s educational experience and includes demographic data and information related to scheduling, attendance, discipline, health, grades, test results, and academic programs.  SIS is a secure, web-based system accessible by staff, students, and parents.

 

All Walt Whitman Middle School students’ schedules will be available online Thursday, August 22 beginning at 6:00 am.  Please use your username and password to access this information.  Students can click on the link below:

https://sisstudent.fcps.edu/SVUE/Login_Student_PXP_OVR.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

 

Parents can access this information at the following address:

https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/login_parent_pxp_ovr2.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

 

If students or parents prefer, printed schedules will be made available in the Student Services office on Friday, August 23 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

Please contact the Director of Student Services, Mr. Ausbrooks at maausbrooks@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you soon.  Enjoy the last weekend of summer vacation!

 

Craig Herring, Principal

 

 

                                                                        

New Student Orientation Bus Schedule WHITMAN PTSA

The Whitman PTSA board would like to thank you in advance for your support. Questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. PTSA email is Parentsforwhitman@gmail.com. We also post upcoming events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhitmanPTSA/.

 

Co-Presidents: TSgt. Curtis William & Mrs. LaShawne Curtis

Vice-President: Stephanie Reynolds  

Co-Secretaries: Ian and Jade Spurgeon

Treasurer: Marie McCain

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