January 4, 2019
Technology Tips for Parents – Stay Informed and Get Connected
There are two tools parents need to be familiar with to stay connected with their child’s school progress. Please take a few minutes to learn about accessing Google Classroom and using ParentVUE notifications. Farmwell teachers frequently use Google Classroom to share content and to organize and collect assignments. Here’s a short video to help parents learn about Google Classroom.
Did you know ParentVUE can send parents a weekly grade report? It’s simple to set up. Log into ParentVUE and click on “My Account”. Navigate to the notifications section and check the box for Grade Book notifications. More detailed directions can be found on this Quick Tips Guide.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth Test Information
This winter, all students at Farmwell Station Middle School took the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth test from NWEA. Students take the online MAP Growth assessment in Reading and Math three times each year to determine their instructional readiness and to provide a measure of their academic growth throughout the school year. Schools and teachers use MAP Growth data, aligned to Virginia Standards of Learning, to support differentiated instruction, meet your child’s individual learning needs, and inform course placement decisions along with other related data. Students will take the MAP Growth test again in the spring. In ParentVUE, you can now see your child’s national percentile rank. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit or contact your child’s counselor at Farmwell.
A student's percentile rank is the percentage of students that had a MAP score less than or equal to this student's score according to the most recent NWEA RIT Scale Norms study. It compares a student's score to other students around the country and provides an overview of how a student has performed relative to others in their same grade level. For example, a third grade student with a national percentile rank of 49 has a MAP Growth score that is equal to or higher than 49% of all third graders nationally who took MAP within the same time period.
Save the Date:
Parent information meeting dates for 2019-2020 school year
January 22 rising 6th grader parents in FWS Auditorium at 6:30pm
January 24 rising 8th grader parents in FWS Auditorium at 6:30pm
January 29 rising 7th grader parents in FWS Auditorium at 6:30pm
February 20 rising 9th grader parents AND students in BRHS Auditorium at 6:00pm
Important: 8th Grade Writing SOL March 5, 6, & 7
Grade 8 students will be taking their writing SOL March 5-7. Attendance by ALL students is important, so we ask for parents/guardians to NOT schedule appointments, travel, or other events that will require students to be tardy, absent, or have early dismissal, during this period. Your assistance and understanding are appreciated.
Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase
Great opportunity for Students!! Create a project on reducing waste, conserving energy, improving water quality, preserving natural habitat, or other sustainability-minded endeavors, and share with Loudoun Schools and the community. All K-12 students in Loudoun County representing public and private schools, homeschoolers, and members of community based organizations such as 4-H clubs and Scout troops, are welcome to participate.
Register by February 26 and the showcase will occur on March 26, from 5-8pm, at Heritage High School. See flyer for more information and to register: https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/636210/schools/36800
Nature Camp Scholarship – Leesburg Garden Club: (see flyer at end for more info)
The Leesburg Garden Club is offering a scholarship to Nature Camp (www.naturecamp.net) in the George Washington National Forest near Vesuvius, VA. The summer camp is a co-educational, residential camp that emphasizes hands-on education in natural history and environmental studies. Dates depend upon grade of student. Applications and the associated teacher letter of recommendation must be sent to Ellie Daley at email@example.com, or sent to:
P.O. Box 56
Lincoln, VA 20160
The scholarship application and teacher recommendation must be received by January 15, 2019.
Pupil Services Seminar Series: Protecting Our Youth: A Conversation about teen trafficking for parents and teens – Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 6:30-8:30pm
Traffickers are targeting young people from every socio-economic group, race, and gender, across the country and right here in Loudoun County. We will hear from former Detective Bill Woolf and Ms. Jodi O’Hern of the Just Ask Prevention Project. See flyer for more information and to register: https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/641476/schools/36800
NJROTC Admissions window for the 2019 – 2020 school year is now open! (see flyer at end for more information)
For the rising 9th graders, the NJROTC Admissions window for the 2019 – 2020 school year is now open!
Interested students should visit www.lcps.org/cte (Military Science Admissions) to compete the Military Science Application for the 2019 - 2020 School Year.
Rising 9th grade applicants will also need two letters of recommendations completed and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the Friday, February 8, 2019 deadline.
There will be an information session on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Loudoun County High School (NJROTC Annex). Registration is required and can be found at: https://goo.gl/mEUmRK.
Spring Musical – Hairspray
Information meeting for students interested in the Farmwell spring musical, Hairspray, will be January 10th at 3:30 in the Auditorium. The activity buses will be available for students who stay for the meeting.
PTA Meeting – Tuesday Jan. 8 at 7pm FWS Library
Please join us for our January meeting. New parents are welcome and encouraged to come learn about the Farmwell PTA, and we are always happy to see familiar faces.
Together we Can Make a Difference!
Why join the PTA? It provides funds that will directly impact your child’s education and gives you a vote at PTO meetings. Membership is $15 per family and $5 per staff member. Our goal for the 2018-2019 school year is to have 500 families join!
PTA Membership fees will be applied towards many different school projects!
Save the date: Volleyball on 2 February!
Farmwell Station and Trailside will face off in a can't-miss-this volleyball game on the 2nd of February 2019! More details to follow...
Purchase Your Yearbook:
Farmwell 2019 Yearbooks are still on sale for a basic price of $35. They can also be personalized for an additional cost.
To order a yearbook click the link below:
IF YOUR CHILD IS (OR WAS) ABSENT
The easiest way to confirm your child’s absence is to send an email to email@example.com . Attendance records can be updated at any time. You may also use this email address to let us know about daily absences, or absences in the future.
READ THE MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Do you want to know what your child is hearing every morning on the Breakfast Bunch morning announcements? Our announcements will be posted on our website every morning.
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