The Wildcat Way - May 17

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Principal's Message

Dear Whitman Community,

 

As we end our second week of SOL testing, I just wanted to compliment our students on their hard work.  Students are taking the tests seriously and our results are very good so far!  We still have the mathematics and Civics (8th graders only) tests remaining to be administered over the next two weeks.  Thank you for all you are doing to support our students as they demonstrate what they have learned this year!

 

In the interest of planning, the last week of school schedule is coming together.  Here is what to expect!

 

June 7:       8th Grade Formal, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

June 10:     7th grade Awards Ceremony, 8th grade Activity Day;                                     School-wide outside BBQ

June 11:     8th grade Orientation field trip to Mount Vernon HS

June 12:     7th grade Activity Day; 8th grade Awards Ceremony

June 13:     Last day for students, 3 hour early release

 

We will be looking for parents to help with these events.  A way to sign up to be a chaperone or help with the Activity Days will be sent out early next week.  Thank you for all you do and have a great weekend!

 

Craig A. Herring

Principal

 

Now Seeking Interest for PTA Officers For
the 2019-2020 School Year! Please email Principal Herring at CAHerring@fcps.edu and Mrs. Drumgoole at shdonnadrumgoole611@gmail.com

 

                                                            

 

FCPS Career Switcher Information Session – May 21, 2019

The Office of Talent Acquisition & Management (TAM) will host a Career Switcher Information Session at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center on Tuesday, May 21, 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 four approved Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) career switcher programs, Educate Virginia, Old Dominion University, Regent University and Shenandoah 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 via Q&A fashion, followed by an opportunity to network with the five 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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Willow Oaks Administrative Center

Building 8270 / Room 1000A

Action Required: Please register here

Deadline

05/21/2019

Contact

Lena Cohen lmcohen@fcps.edu 571-423-31625

Student Lunch Account   THREE WAYS TO PURCHASE MEALS
  1. On Line Using www.MySchoolBucks.com
    This user-friendly service is free, convenient, private and secure. Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at anytime.
  2. Check
    Make checks payable to “(School Name) Food Services”.  The check can be provided to the food service manager or mailed to: Food and Nutrition Services, 6840 Industrial Road, Springfield, VA 22151.  A local address and phone number are required to be printed or handwritten on the check.  The student name and PIN number are required on the check memo line.
  3. Cash
    Cash may be brought to the food service manager’s office for deposit on student’s account, or students may pay cash on a daily basis.
  4. Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account.  All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in June.

 

 

                                                                                                                  

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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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoole

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

Treasurer - Marie McCain

 

 

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Teacher appreciation lunch May 8th Please donate food!

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Walt Whitman Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is organizing a fully loaded potato lunch buffet for the awesome Whitman Staff!

PTSA will provide the baked potatoes but we need toppings for the baked potatoes, desserts, side dishes, and drinks.  Please donate food items!

Drop off items in the main office the morning of May 8th.

Please note in the Sign Up Genius what you plan to bring and include specifics in the comment box on what and how much you plan to bring:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945ACAF2AABF58-2019

 

Whitman PTSA es organizar un bufé de almuerzo patata completamente cargado para el increíble personal de Whitman!

PTSA proporcionará papas al horno pero necesitamos ingredientes para las papas al horno, postres, guarniciones y bebidas. Por favor, donar alimentos!

Dejar objetos en la oficina principal de la manana de Mayo 8th.

Por favor dejenos saber lo que ba a traer:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945ACAF2AABF58-2019

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The Wildcat Way - May 1

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Whitman’s 2019 Scholastic Book Fair

We will be open for our 2019 Book Fair Community Night on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. which has been planned in conjunction with our Spring Music Concert. Please stop by to see us in the library to purchase books and other items. We look forward to seeing you at Whitman’s Book Fair.

Please check out this link http://www.scholastic.com/bf/whitmanms for other relevant information about our Book Fair. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Johnson, librarian, at mgjohnson1@fcps.edu (email) or 703-660-2447 (phone). We are looking forward to seeing our Whitman community at our Book Fair!

 

                                                                                                 

Band and Strings Spring Concert May 2, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.

 

                                                             

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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoole

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

Treasurer - Marie McCain

 

 

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Attendance: 703-660-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

The Wildcat Way - April 22

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Principal's Message

Welcome back from Spring Break!  This week, we will be having spirit week to celebrate the last full week of the Month of the Military Child and April is Poetry Month.  On Monday, students were asked to wear green to celebrate Earth Day.  On Tuesday, students will be reading selected poems.  On Thursday, we will recognize our children of military families on the news show and will be having our Spring Dance.  Finally, on Friday, we will PURPLE UP to once again to recognize our Military families! If you would like to chaperone the dance, please contact Mr. Fisher, school counselor.  We could really use your help!

 

On Wednesday, April 24, we will have our Whitman Family Market.  As always, our families can come by after school and pick up fresh produce and groceries.  We always need volunteers to help set it up and to guide parents, students, and staff through the market.  Please contact Ms. Montecinos if you can help out.

 

To support your planning, we have set a preliminary SOL testing calendar for the end of the year assessments.  More details will be forthcoming:

 

May 9-10: Science 8

May 14-15:  English 7

May 16-17:  English 8

May 21-22:  Math 7

May 23-24:  Math 8/Alg 1/Geometry

May 29-30:  Civics 8

 

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

 

Craig Herring, Principal

 

                                                                                       

 

 

WWMS School Dance - Thursday, April 25, 2019 Volunteer Sign-Up:

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                                                                                                Whitman’s 2019 Scholastic Book Fair

We can’t wait for Whitman’s Book Fair scheduled for April 29-May 3, 2019! Students are scheduled to come through the Book Fair with their English teachers. They can also visit between 7:30 a.m.and 2:15 p.m. with a pass from their teacher to purchase books and other items. The Book Fair will be open for students and their families on Tuesday April 30 after school from 2:15-3:15 p.m.

We will have books of varying reading levels, graphic novels, books in Spanish, and other items of interest. Besides the live Book Fair in our library between April 29 and May 3, students and their families can also shop online (April 21 through May 4). The Fair will be open one weeknight, Wednesday, May 1, from 5:30-7 p.m., which coincides with our Spring Music Concert. We hope that parents, families and community members that plan to attend this concert event might also stop by our Fair to purchase books.

We have distributed Scholastic Books flyers that will go home via English classes this week. This flyer advertises just some of the titles and items that we will feature at our Book Fair.

Please check out this link http://www.scholastic.com/bf/whitmanms for other relevant information about our Book Fair. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Johnson, librarian, at mgjohnson1@fcps.edu (email) or 703-660-2447 (phone). We are looking forward to seeing our Whitman community at our Book Fair!

 

                                                                                       

                                             

Student Lunch Account   THREE WAYS TO PURCHASE MEALS
  1. On Line Using www.MySchoolBucks.com
    This user-friendly service is free, convenient, private and secure. Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at anytime.
  2. Check
    Make checks payable to “(School Name) Food Services”.  The check can be provided to the food service manager or mailed to: Food and Nutrition Services, 6840 Industrial Road, Springfield, VA 22151.  A local address and phone number are required to be printed or handwritten on the check.  The student name and PIN number are required on the check memo line.
  3. Cash
    Cash may be brought to the food service manager’s office for deposit on student’s account, or students may pay cash on a daily basis.
  4. Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account.  All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in June.

 

 

                                                                                                                  

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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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoole

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

Treasurer - Marie McCain

 

 

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The Wildcat Way - April 8

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Principal's Message Dear Whitman Community,   This is the final week before Spring Break (April 15 – 19).  During the break, the main office will be open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM each day.  However, there will be limited staff available during the week.  I hope students, families, and staff take time to recharge their batteries before we return to tackle the last quarter of the school year.   When we return from Spring Break during the week of April 22 - 26, we will be having a spirit week to celebrate the last full week of the month of the Military Child and Poetry Month.  On Monday, students should wear green to celebrate Earth Day.  On Tuesday, students will be reading selected poems in honor of Poetry Month.  On Thursday, we will recognize our children of military families on the news show and with the Military Family dinner in the cafeteria from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Finally, on Friday, we will PURPLE UP!   On Wednesday, April 24, we will have our Whitman Family Market.  As always, our families can come by after school and pick up fresh produce and groceries.  We always need volunteers to help set it up and to guide parents, students, and staff through the market.  Please contact Ms. Montecinos if you can help out.   On Thursday, April 25 after school, we will be having our Spring Dance for students.  Tickets will be sold during all lunches in the cafeteria.  Students will receive wristbands during lunch on the day of the dance and must have one to enter.  If you would like to chaperone, please contact Mr. Fisher, school counselor.  We could really use your help!   Thank you for all you do to support our students and let’s make this a great week!   Craig Herring, Principal Military Family Night You are cordially invited to our 7th Annual Military Family Appreciation Night honoring your “The Many Faces of A Veteran” on Thursday, April 11 2019 at 6:00 pm

 

Walt Whitman Middle School 2500 Parkers Lane Alexandria, Virginia 22306

 

Please RSVP https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W7zdM9IrQK0oIQCZCYrcHe1oASW-nyCeJiiGWXT0tjc/edit?usp=sharing

 

Please direct your questions to: Francine Nelson at 703-660-2432 or fenelson@fcps.edu                                                                               April is the Month of the Military Child

From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt to present and future changes deserves respect and admiration. In an effort to recognize the hard work and applaud the courage of military children, the DoD deemed April as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). It is a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family.

It reminds us that the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families. It also reaffirms the military’s commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services as well as, providing a strong supportive environment where children can thrive.

Why Purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. Wearing the color purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child provides a powerful opportunity to raise awareness and build support to help these children meet the unique challenges they face! It is an opportunity to recognize and thank military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.

Visit FCPS' Resources for Military Families page

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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoole

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

Treasurer - Marie McCain

 

 

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The Wildcat Way - April 1

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Principal's Message Dear Whitman Community,   On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 after school, the United Way (National Capital Area) will host an event at Whitman called “STEM in the Schoolyard” that engages students in fun and interactive STEM activities.  Industry professionals will have the opportunity to participate in activities with small groups of students and serve as mentors.  Teachers will serve as coaches to support the students as they rotate through stations including optics, air rockets, and painting with LED lights!  If your student is interested in participating, please reach out to our After School Program Specialist, Ms. Nelson at fenelson@fcps.edu.   On a programming note, there will be a student holiday on Friday, April 5.  Additionally, there will be no After School Program on Friday, April 12 in preparation for Spring Break during the week of April 15 – 19.   Thank you for all you do to support our students and have a great week!   Craig Herring, Principal Military Family Night You are cordially invited to our 7th Annual Military Family Appreciation Night honoring your “The Many Faces of A Veteran” on Thursday, April 11 2019 at 6:00 pm

 

Walt Whitman Middle School 2500 Parkers Lane Alexandria, Virginia 22306

 

Please RSVP https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W7zdM9IrQK0oIQCZCYrcHe1oASW-nyCeJiiGWXT0tjc/edit?usp=sharing

 

Please direct your questions to: Francine Nelson at 703-660-2432 or fenelson@fcps.edu                                                                               April is the Month of the Military Child

From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt to present and future changes deserves respect and admiration. In an effort to recognize the hard work and applaud the courage of military children, the DoD deemed April as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). It is a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family.

It reminds us that the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families. It also reaffirms the military’s commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services as well as, providing a strong supportive environment where children can thrive.

Why Purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. Wearing the color purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child provides a powerful opportunity to raise awareness and build support to help these children meet the unique challenges they face! It is an opportunity to recognize and thank military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.

Visit FCPS' Resources for Military Families page

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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoole

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

Treasurer - Marie McCain

 

 

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

The Wildcat Way - March 29

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Eighth Grade Wellness Screening Military Family Night You are cordially invited to our 7th Annual Military Family Appreciation Night honoring your “The Many Faces of A Veteran” on Thursday, April 11 2019 at 6:00 pm

 

Walt Whitman Middle School 2500 Parkers Lane Alexandria, Virginia 22306

 

Please RSVP https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W7zdM9IrQK0oIQCZCYrcHe1oASW-nyCeJiiGWXT0tjc/edit?usp=sharing

 

Please direct your questions to: Francine Nelson at 703-660-2432 or fenelson@fcps.edu                                                                               April is the Month of the Military Child

From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt to present and future changes deserves respect and admiration. In an effort to recognize the hard work and applaud the courage of military children, the DoD deemed April as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). It is a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family.

It reminds us that the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families. It also reaffirms the military’s commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services as well as, providing a strong supportive environment where children can thrive.

Why Purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. Wearing the color purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child provides a powerful opportunity to raise awareness and build support to help these children meet the unique challenges they face! It is an opportunity to recognize and thank military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.

Visit FCPS' Resources for Military Families page

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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoogle

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

Treasurer - Marie McCain

 

 

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The Wildcat Way - March 25

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Principal's Message

Dear Whitman Community,

 

It has been nice to get back into the flow of school this past week with no interruptions from Mother Nature.  Your students are working hard as we approach the end of the 3rd quarter on April 4.  Please note that we have a student holiday on April 5 so teachers can finish out grades and prepare for the 4th quarter of the school year.

 

April is the Month of the Military Child.  During April, children from military families are honored and recognized for their commitment and contributions in support of our military and nation.  We invite all of our military families to come to a dinner and presentation on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the cafeteria.  Please join us for food, fun, and recognition of our military families.

 

I hope everyone has a great week.  Thanks for all you do to support our Whitman students!

 

Craig Herring, Principal

 

                                                                                                                         

                                                                            April is the Month of the Military Child

From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt to present and future changes deserves respect and admiration. In an effort to recognize the hard work and applaud the courage of military children, the DoD deemed April as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). It is a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family.

It reminds us that the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families. It also reaffirms the military’s commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services as well as, providing a strong supportive environment where children can thrive.

Why Purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. Wearing the color purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child provides a powerful opportunity to raise awareness and build support to help these children meet the unique challenges they face! It is an opportunity to recognize and thank military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.

Visit FCPS' Resources for Military Families page

                                                                                                  Momo Challenge and Digital Citizenship Resources

It has come to our attention that a “game” called the Momo Challenge has begun appearing on social media, primarily through WhatsApp. Although believed to be a viral hoax, the game targets primarily elementary aged children, and engages the “players” in a series of increasingly dangerous tasks, including self-harming acts. A message to alert parents (below) has been created for your reference and/or use in upcoming newsletters or other communication you will have with parents.

In Fairfax County schools, county agencies and families are working together to create an environment where children and youth can safely learn, work, and play. Similar to our message containing information about the 13 Reasons Why NETFLIX program and the Blue Whale Challenge, we are sending this communication to alert you to a recent rise in new games and social media challenges that encourage young people to participate in harmful behavior.

One example of this is a potentially harmful game called the “Momo Challenge" that has reportedly been posted on different social media platforms to include WhatsApp and assigns players a series of progressively more intense tasks, to include self-harm. It is important to note that the Momo Challenge is a hoax that has received a significant amount of media attention.

This hoax has been seen across the United States in recent months, targeting primarily elementary aged children. Vigilant parents and guardians in Fairfax County have also reported seeing information about the Momo Challenge or similar games on their children's phones and have alerted school authorities.

Please talk to your child about this type of internet hoax, and check his or her phone or other device for signs of an app or communications with anyone telling them to do specific tasks. This provides an excellent opportunity to remind your child of best practices for internet safety and digital citizenship:

  • Remind your child information shared on social media is not always true and how quickly misinformation can create a panic online.
  • Children should never engage in conversations with strangers online.
  • Be aware of the sites and apps your children are using and know their usernames and passwords.
  • Turn off suggested autoplay on videos to stop children from viewing content they have not selected, and you have not approved.
  • If appropriate, tell your children that Momo is not real and will not hurt them.
  • Encourage open dialogue with them around any concerns.

FCPS has additional resources available on this website: https://www.fcps.edu/node/32086. If you have concerns about your child, please contact your school counselor. Please be aware that a number of mental health resources are available, including Fairfax County Public School resources: School Counseling Services at 571-423- 4420, School Psychology Services at 571-423-4250, and School Social Work Services at 571-423-4300 and Fairfax County resources: Crisis Link Hotline at 703-527-4077, Merrifield Emergency Services 703-573-5679 (available 24/7) or Entry and Referral during business hours at 703-383-8500. The Fairfax County Police Department non-emergency number is 703-691-2131.

More information about the Momo Challenge and other internet challenges or hoaxes is available at these links: 

Contact

School Counseling Services 571-423-4420

School Psychology Services 571-423-4250

School Social Work Services 571-423-4300

 

Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs:   Friday, April 05, 2019 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Chantilly High School Saturday, April 06 2019 10 a.m. - Noon South County High School   Saturday, April 27, 2019 10 a.m. - Noon Mount Vernon High School                                                          

Open to any Fairfax County high school student looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways. Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment, internships, and volunteer work for prospective students. Free booth spaces are provided to local businesses. Registration and more information is available online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teenjobfairs

 

  Special Education Conference Saturday, April 06 2019 Lake Braddock Secondary School

The 14th Annual Special Education Conference will be held on Saturday, April 6th at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015.

  • Parents and Community Members can register online or by phone
  • FCPS Educators, Administrators, and Preservice Teachers can register online and earn five recertification points for attending the entire conference
  • New Self-Determined Student Strand for FCPS students ages 14-22
  • Email prc@fcps.edu or call 703-204-3941 with questions

To register or to view additional conference information please visit https://www.fcps.edu/spedconference2019.

                                                                             Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements

Widening Route 1 and multimodal improvements from Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Lane in Fairfax County

Note: A design public hearing will be held Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium/cafeteria (use entrance 4) at Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria, VA 22309. A presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

If cancelled due to inclement weather, the meeting will be held Thursday, April 11.

 

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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoogle

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

Treasurer - Marie McCain

 

 

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The Wildcat Way - March 4

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Principal's Message

Dear Whitman Community,

 

As we begin the month of March, so begins another round of testing.  Beginning the week of March 11, our eighth grade students will take their Virginia SOL tests for Writing.  The test is actually comprised of two parts (multiple-choice test and short essay) which are administered on different days.  After the writing tests are complete, both seventh and eighth graders will take their second and final round of FCPS eCART tests in areas of reading, mathematics, and science.  The results of these assessments will allow teachers to determine what interventions need to be put in place before the end of the year so all of our students are successful.  Please try to avoid pulling students out of school during these two weeks for appointments so we can complete testing.  You can check the calendar below for more details.

 

Also during the month of March, our band, orchestra, and chorus groups will participate in their annual assessments.  Our music teachers have been working hard to help prepare our students for these important assessments.  I am extremly confident our students will perform at very high levels.

 

I want to put a date on the calendars of our Military Families.  On April 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, we will be celebrating our Military Families with a dinner and program.  April is the month of the Military Child and we invite all of our military connected families to join us for a great evening of food and fun.

 

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

 

Craig Herring

 

2019-20 MVHS Football Kick-Off Meeting

Date:  Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Location: Little Theatre

Questions:Coach Fritts mgfritts@fcps.edu

 

Free TV will be handed out to someone in attendance!

Our Whitman students participated in the Learning Ally Great Reading Games that took place from January 2019 to February 2019.  In one month, our students ranked #5 in the nation as shown by the results below.

 

 

                             

                                                     

The St. James is excited to announce the launch of our Middle School Basketball League. We will be providing an opportunity for the best Basketball experience in the area taking place in the best fitness facility in the entire DMV. We would like to invite you out to experience The St.James, as well as hear from our elite coaching staff on our League as well as all our programming. Attached is a link to our flyer, please email with any questions or team inquires and I will be happy to help. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zlhDVBSBL4EGZ7Z1GWR1838S77FW9XOu/view 

 

Registration Now Open for Select FCPS Summer Camps and Institutes

Registration is now open for the following Fairfax County Public Schools summer enrichment camps and institutes: Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), Institute for the Arts (IFTA), STEM Camp, Tech Adventure Camp, and Adult and Community Education (ACE) Extended Day Enrichment programs. These camps and institutes will be held at Fairfax High School.

General information on individual programs and registration is available on the Summer Learning web page. Transportation from select schools outside of the Fairfax High School pyramid is included in the tuition for E-IFTA, IFTA, STEM Camp, and Tech Adventure Camp. Students should register for programs based on the grade they are in during the current 2018-19 school year. 

                                                                             Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements

Widening Route 1 and multimodal improvements from Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Lane in Fairfax County

Note: A design public hearing will be held Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium/cafeteria (use entrance 4) at Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria, VA 22309. A presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

If cancelled due to inclement weather, the meeting will be held Thursday, April 11.

 

Weather Cancellation Procedures Be informed in the case of inclement weather or other emergency situations.

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations. Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the FCPS Twitter alert and receipt of an email in your inbox.    

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information (see sample alert below). This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain (highlighted by red circle below) to indicate that the alert is still active. 

 https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoogle

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

Treasurer - Marie McCain

 

 

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

The Wildcat Way -February 20

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Principal's Message   All FCPS schools and offices are closed today, Wednesday, February 20, 2019. As a result, the February Whitman Family Market will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 27th from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                                                    

 

Weather Cancellation Procedures Be informed in the case of inclement weather or other emergency situations.

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations. Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the FCPS Twitter alert and receipt of an email in your inbox.    

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information (see sample alert below). This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain (highlighted by red circle below) to indicate that the alert is still active. 

 https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

To volunteer for the Whitman Winter Dance:  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C48ABAF29A2FA7-winter

 

                              

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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoogle

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

Treasurer - Marie McCain

 

 

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

The Wildcat Way -February 14

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

 

Fairfax County Public Schools will be conducting a survey to gather information about family engagement in our schools. Relationships are important to us, and your opinion is critical to help us support your engagement in your child’s education. Your feedback will also help us determine how well we are reaching the goals for Caring Culture we have set in our Strategic Plan. Survey translations will be made available, and the survey can be taken on electronic devices, including smartphones.

Survey administration is scheduled for March 24-April 12, 2019, and you will receive more information about how to take the survey in the near future.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Craig A. Herring

Principal

 

 

Estimadas familias:

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax pasarán una encuesta para obtener información sobre la participación de las familias en nuestras escuelas. Las buenas relaciones son importantes para nosotros; su opinión es esencial y nos ayudará a fomentar su participación en la educación de su hijo. Su opinión y comentarios también nos ayudan a determinar hasta qué punto estamos alcanzando las metas que tenemos incluidas en nuestro Plan Estratégico para establecer una cultura en la que nos preocupamos los unos por los otros. Habrá disponible traducciones de la encuesta, y la encuesta también podrá contestarse por medio de dispositivos electrónicos, incluyendo los teléfonos inteligentes. La encuesta se pasará del 24 de marzo al 12 de abril de 2019. Ustedes recibirán dentro de poco más información sobre cómo responder la encuesta. Esperamos que ustedes contesten esta encuesta.

 

Atentamente,

 

Craig A. Herring

Director

Weather Cancellation Procedures Be informed in the case of inclement weather or other emergency situations.

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations. Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the FCPS Twitter alert and receipt of an email in your inbox.    

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information (see sample alert below). This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain (highlighted by red circle below) to indicate that the alert is still active. 

 https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

To volunteer for the Whitman Winter Dance:  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C48ABAF29A2FA7-winter

 

                              

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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoogle

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

Treasurer - Marie McCain

 

 

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

The Wildcat Way -February 6

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

 

Fairfax County Public Schools will be conducting a survey to gather information about family engagement in our schools. Relationships are important to us, and your opinion is critical to help us support your engagement in your child’s education. Your feedback will also help us determine how well we are reaching the goals for Caring Culture we have set in our Strategic Plan. Survey translations will be made available, and the survey can be taken on electronic devices, including smartphones.

Survey administration is scheduled for March 24-April 12, 2019, and you will receive more information about how to take the survey in the near future.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Craig A. Herring

Principal

 

 

Estimadas familias:

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax pasarán una encuesta para obtener información sobre la participación de las familias en nuestras escuelas. Las buenas relaciones son importantes para nosotros; su opinión es esencial y nos ayudará a fomentar su participación en la educación de su hijo. Su opinión y comentarios también nos ayudan a determinar hasta qué punto estamos alcanzando las metas que tenemos incluidas en nuestro Plan Estratégico para establecer una cultura en la que nos preocupamos los unos por los otros. Habrá disponible traducciones de la encuesta, y la encuesta también podrá contestarse por medio de dispositivos electrónicos, incluyendo los teléfonos inteligentes. La encuesta se pasará del 24 de marzo al 12 de abril de 2019. Ustedes recibirán dentro de poco más información sobre cómo responder la encuesta. Esperamos que ustedes contesten esta encuesta.

 

Atentamente,

 

Craig A. Herring

Director

 

                                                                                                             

Thanks to Mars, Incorporated for bringing the Fun Food Science Program to  Whitman MS!  Here’s what the director of policy had to say:

 

This was such a delightful experience for our Associates. We delivered the nutrition and cooking curriculum to 66 students over three days (totaling over 33 volunteer hours). The students really enjoyed learning and engaging - especially in the kitchen - and our 12 Associates were ecstatic to be part of this. I’ve taught a lot of cooking and nutrition classes rarely see so many hugs at the end of a cooking class…AWEsome!

Weather Cancellation Procedures Be informed in the case of inclement weather or other emergency situations.

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations. Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the FCPS Twitter alert and receipt of an email in your inbox.    

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information (see sample alert below). This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain (highlighted by red circle below) to indicate that the alert is still active. 

 https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

To volunteer for the Whitman Winter Dance:  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C48ABAF29A2FA7-winter

 

                              

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 - Jackson and ShDonna Drumgoogle

Vice President - vacant

Secretary - Hayley Violand

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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