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Next Week’s Schedule

Monday - November 23 – 8:00 – 8:15 am - 4th Period Check in

Tuesday - November 24 – Odd day schedule

Wednesday - November 25 through Friday- November 27 – No School

Twain Library proudly presents… Curbside Checkout & Return Service!

Students can reserve physical books and Playaway devices from Twain’s Library, with pickups on Mondays! 

To check out a book or Playaway, students should log in to the Destiny Discover online catalog — https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/102036 —and search for an item to check out. Click the “hold” button to reserve the item. Important: you must be logged in to “hold” an item! Holds requested by 3:30 pm on Friday will be ready for pick up the following Monday.

Students will receive a message in Schoology from a librarian by 9:00 am on Monday letting them know the item is ready for pick up. Come to Entrance 1 at Twain between 10 am and 2 pm on Monday to pick up the library item and to return items previously checked out.

Follow the instructions on the sign at the main entrance to let the librarians know you are there for curbside pickup. A librarian will bring the items, bagged and labeled with the student’s name. Return library items by placing them in the labeled plastic bin just inside the main entrance. All returned items will be quarantined for one week before being checked back in and returned to the library collection for checkout.

There will be NO curbside checkout on Monday, November 23. Holds for November 30 checkout need to be placed by 3:30 pm on Tuesday, November 24.

On November 30, an additional pick up time is being offered from 4:45 to 6:15 pm. This is offered on a trial basis while we measure demand for evening pick up. We may continue Monday evening pickups every other week if there is enough demand.

Email a librarian — mpcampana@fcps.edu (Mr. Campana) or vjhoward@fcps.edu (Mrs. Howard)— if you have questions.

We appreciate your interest and support. Keep reading!

PTA Updates

Thank you to everyone who attended our PTA meeting on November 17 at 7:00pm. It has come to our attention that our February-May meetings match those of Edison’s PTA, so we are looking at possibly changing date/time. Updates will be posted on the PTA page on the Mark Twain Middle School website and through News You Choose and Facebook.

The PTA will be receiving a check for $138.01 from Panera after our Spirit Night-Eat Out this month. Thank you to those who supported us at this event!

We are currently working out details for the December Krispy Kreme event. Stay tuned for more info!

Thank you to the staff and students who submitted what they are thankful for. These will be posted on Schoology for the students to read and will be posted daily on the Mark Twain PTA Facebook Page. Be sure to follow us!

Mark Twain’s birthday is coming up on Nov. 30. Get your best “mustache selfie” ready! Details to be released in Schoology and on Facebook next week.

Family Life Education Parent Preview

Parents can preview the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum on Wednesday, December 2 at 4:00 pm. An email was sent to all Twain families through eNotify with the link to this meeting. Contact Melissa Montgomery at MLMontgomery@fcps.edu with questions.

Winter Break – No School

December 21, 2020 through January 1, 2021

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First Quarter Report Cards

First Quarter Report Cards will be placed in the mail early next week. Please be on the lookout for these. We are proud of all of our scholars for their hard work over the course of the 1st quarter of school. We encourage you to discuss the positives from the first 9 weeks and what skills they can continue to build upon in quarter 2. If your child did not experience as much success as they would like, ask them to consider if they took advantage of Monday and afterschool office hour opportunities? Taking this simple step will help students clear up confusion before it negatively affects their grades. Best of luck to our Tigers as we start quarter 2.

PTA Updates

Thank you to everyone that supported the Twain PTA on Thursday night by going to Panera-Kingstowne for the Eat Out-Spirit Night. We are looking forward to seeing how much money we raised. We are currently working out the details of our December event that involves Krispy Kreme. Stand by for more details!

Spirit Wear now has sweatpants for our quickly approaching winter. Until Sunday, Nov 15 when you spend $35 or more, you'll receive $5 off with the code: FIVEOFF35  and support the Twain PTA. Go to https://1stplacespiritwear.com/schools/VA/Alexandria/Mark+Twain+Middle+School  

"I am Thankful for..." is the current PTA spirit project available in Schoology under All Student Courses. In this crazy year, we'd love to hear what you are thankful for this year and let us know if you are comfortable sharing your submission. Please submit entries by Monday, Nov 16. 

The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, Nov 17 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to Twain families. Please do not share this link with anyone.

Digital Resources – Consent Required

At Twain Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find Twain’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://twainms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s administrator if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

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November 11 – Veterans Day

November 11 is a 2 Hour Early Release Day. Twain’s Schedule is as follows:

2nd Period – 7:30 -8:20 am

4th Period – 8:35 – 9:25 am

6th Period – 9:40 – 10:30 am

8th Period – 10:45 am – 11:35 am

Lunch – 11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Teacher Absences

Please help your students complete this attendance slide so they receive credit for attending classes when their teacher is absent.

When teachers are absent for three days or less, they will display the Teacher Absence Notification slide below in their course in Schoology. Students will click on the link and complete the Google form with their name, student ID, class period and teacher. Students should then return to Schoology and complete the asynchronous activity left for them by their teacher.

When teachers are absent for four or more days every attempt will be made to secure a substitute teacher to provide synchronous instruction.

 

Learning Seminar Overview for the week of 11/9

Next week in Learning Seminar our students will participate in a Veterans Day lesson that was authored by our very own Student Council. Students will learn all about the history of Veterans Day, learn about some of our students and teachers and their connection to those that have served/continue to serve our country. We will also show students some ways they can thank a current veteran as well as ways to get involved to support current programs established to assist veterans. Conversation starter at home: What did you learn about Veterans Day that you weren’t aware of before Wednesday’s lesson? Why do you think we set aside a day to honor those that have served?

Parents of ESOL and AVID students

Twain will be distributing supplies from 1:30 to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 11. The following supplies are being distributed:

  • ESOL Students – Notebooks, colored pencils, markers, novels
  • AVID Students – Cornell Notes, agendas

Parents (and students) will park in Twain’s main parking lot, use the crosswalk to approach the school, then proceed to the tables that will be set up outside. There will be teacher volunteers and plenty of signs to help along the way. If weather does not cooperate, we will host the distribution in the cafeteria.

PTA Updates

The November Twain Spirit Night is at Panera Kingstowne, Thursday, November 12 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Treat yourself to another night out and help support the Twain PTA and local restaurants at the same time!

The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, Nov 17 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. 

Twain Theatre Receives Superior Rating at VTA Conference

This year, the Virginia Theatre Association (VTA) virtually hosted its annual conference from October 27 – November 1.  As our fall production this year, the Twain full-year Advanced Theatre class created an original performance for the conference.  At the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 1, Twain was awarded a Superior rating, a Best Ensemble award, and a Best Actor award for Vika.

We invite you to view the original production here: Twain MS Theatre Arts Fall Production 2020

In this virtual setting, we are not charging a ticket price for our production, however, if you would consider making a donation to the Twain Theatre program instead, we appreciate any amount you are able to give at this time.

We hope to be back on stage soon and the Twain Theatre Department thanks you for your support.

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Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday

Remember to set your clocks back an hour at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 1. The time will go back to 1:00 am. You might get an "extra" hour of sleep that day but it will also begin to get darker earlier in the day.

 

Next Week’s Schedule

Monday, November 2 – School Planning Day – Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 3 – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Wednesday, November 4 – Even Day – Periods 2, 4, 6, 8

Thursday, November 5 – Odd Day – Periods 1, 3, 5, 7

Friday, November 6 - Even Day – Periods 2, 4, 6, 8

1st Quarter Extended

The end of the 1st Quarter has been extended to Monday, November 2, 2020.

Learning Seminar Overview for the week of 11/2

Next week in Learning Seminar, we will be making a change in how our lessons will be created. Up until now, there has been a small committee of support staff authoring the weekly lessons. Starting on Wednesday, we’ll be implementing evidence-based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons from Second Step. Second Step has been in the SEL game for a long time. Our students will be presented lessons covering 4 units: Mindsets & Goals; Recognizing Bullying and Harassment; Thoughts, Emotions, & Decisions; and Managing Relationships & Self Conflict. From Second Step: Second Step Middle School is a first-of-its-kind social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that’s modern, web-based, and responsive to the needs of today’s students and educators. It’s underpinned by the latest research in adolescent brain development and social psychology. The result is a program that doesn’t just help kids do better in school—it helps them do better in life.

Conversation starter at home: Ask your child what they thought of the new format for Learning Seminar lessons. Any feedback you’d like to share with us is always appreciated.

PTA Updates
  • Twain PTA wants to sincerely thank all who took part in the Twain Spirit Night at Chipotle-Kingstowne on October 13. We will be receiving $523.45 from Chipotle!! THANK YOU!!
  • The November Twain Spirit Night is at Panera Kingstowne, Thursday, November 12 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Treat yourself to another night out and help support the Twain PTA and local restaurants at the same time!
  • Because of our members' support, the Twain PTA was able to provide Chick-fil-A lunches to working Teachers and Staff on October 12 while the students were off for a holiday. Your PTA dues and support help us keep the spirit going in our Twain family. Please help us by joining the PTA and attending the Twain Spirit Nights at local eateries. Join at: https://mtms.new.memberhub.store/ 
  • The PTA online Student Pumpkin Carving Contest was a success and the Twain PTA is asking for your suggestions for future online events to hold this year for our Staff and Students. Please fill out the survey at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/89PSSQ9  by Friday, Nov 6.
  • The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, Nov 17 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. 

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“Catch Up” Days

Based on feedback from the Twain community, October 27 and 28 have been designated “Catch Up” Days. No new material will be taught on these two days. Students are required to attend synchronous classes. Teachers will review with students how to find assignments, check assignment due dates, and review missing assignments in Schoology. Students will be given time in class to complete missing work. Teachers will not assign homework the week of October 26.

October 30 – 1st Quarter Ends 2 Hour Early Release Schedule

2nd period:   7:30 to 8:40 am

6th period:    8:55 to 10:05 am

8th period:  10:20 to 11:30 am

Lunch:       11:45 am to 12:15 pm

Virtual Veteran’s Day Celebration

Calling all Twain Tigers and Veterans. We are hosting a virtual Veteran’s Day celebration and would love for YOU to participate! Please fill out this google form if you are a veteran or know a veteran who is interested in helping! We would love for as many members of our tiger community to be spotlighted. Please contact Ms. Kirstin Utterback (klutterback@fcps.edu) or Mr. Khaled Noori (nknoori@fcps.edu) with any questions. THANK YOU!

Learning Seminar Overview - Week of October 26

Next week in Learning Seminar we will be delivering an important lesson where we ask students to “Imagine a World Without Hate.” In the 2019-20 school year, Twain was designated as a No Place for Hate School. Among the many individual and schoolwide designations we’ve received throughout the years, this one is special. It means that we are taking action to make our school one in which ANYONE can feel safe and accepted. In Wednesday’s lesson, we will discuss some specific heroes (Martin Luther King, Jr., Harvey Milk, Yitzhak Rabin, and many more) and we will discuss how their lives (though drastically cut short) have made imprints on our society that reverberate to this day. We’ll conclude the lesson by showing a short video that envisions a world in which the heroes we have spotlighted were given the opportunity to live on. The video is played with John Lennon’s Imagine playing in the background and is quite moving. Students will also be invited to join the No Place for Hate Committee.

Conversation starter at home: Watch the video and share your reaction with your child. Perhaps there are memories you have or stories that were shared with you about the heroes featured in the clip that can further enrich the powerful lives these people lived. If your student expresses an interest in joining the No Place for Hate Committee you can email or have your student email Mrs. Melissa Montgomery at MLMontgomery@fcps.edu.

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PTA General Meeting Tonight!

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PTA General Meeting

Tonight, Tuesday, October 20 is Twain PTA’s General Meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. The Zoom link will be emailed directly to Twain families shortly. Please do not share this link with anyone. You can review the minutes from the general membership meeting on September 29, 2020 before we meet this evening. You can also get more information on the Pumpkin Carving Contest being sponsored by the PTA.

We look forward to seeing you this evening!

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Student Technology Support

When you are in need of support for your FCPS provided laptop please call the Student/Parent Help Desk - 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). More information on technology support is available on the Twain website.  Reminder - Make sure you are restarting every day! 

Learning Seminar Overview for the week of October 19

Next week in Learning Seminar we will be discussing Culture. We have made community building a focus within our Learning Seminar classes and as such, we believe we are creating a culture of caring and understanding during 4th period. But the word culture is used a lot and some may not be aware of all that the word entails. We challenge students to explore culture more thoroughly on Wednesday and we finish our lessons by creating and sharing culture collages.

Conversation starter at home: What makes up your family’s culture? What are the foods, languages, traditions, values, and stories that make your family unique? On Friday, we will discuss Hispanic Heritage (the 30 days celebrating Hispanic Heritage ran from September 15th - October 15th). Students will learn all about the valuable contributions of people like Roberto Clemente, Sonia Sotomayor, Cesar Chavez, and Lin Manuel Miranda. Students will conclude the lesson by learning all about some countries in Central and South America. 

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Student Holiday

Monday, October 12 is Indigenous People’s Day. There is no school for students and asynchronous activities will not be assigned. Monday is a School Planning Day for staff who will participate in Professional Development Activities.

Learning Seminar Overview - Week of October 12

Next week in Learning Seminar we will be discussing FAILURE. More specifically, we will discuss our response to failure - our ability to be resilient in the face of failure. Did you know, there once was a basketball player - get this, he has missed more than 9,000 shots in his life. 9000! He’s lost more than 300 games, and for 26 of those games he had the ball in his hands entrusted to make the final shot and he missed. This guy failed so he could learn to succeed. Your children might not have a full appreciation of this man, but you likely grew up watching him play. Of course, I’m talking about Michael Jordan. We’ll learn plenty about how resilience helps shape how we see an obstacle and how this is the crucial difference in seeing a roadblock and viewing it as something that prevents our path forward or merely presents a detour.

Conversation starter at home: Ask your child how they have shown resilience (we gave them examples like pushing through a difficult math problem or being kind to someone who may not deserve it).

Bonus conversation: Share a time that you have shown resilience. Trust me on this, taking the opportunity to be vulnerable in front of your kids is a gamechanger. It allows them to see you in a way they may not have in the past. It may even make them more open to share things that make them vulnerable. On Friday, our Student Services team will lead our school through a lesson anti-bullying specifically around “netiquette.” Students will discuss how they will react to scenarios that may present in a digital classroom. We hope to have some rich conversations.

PTA Fund Raising Event - Chipotle

One more week until our first Spirit Night out at Chipotle Kingstowne, Tuesday, October 13 from 4:00-8:00 pm! Celebrate the first month of school and bring the flyer or order online for pickup using code QZAQLJ4

PTA Funding Raising Event - Spirit Wear

And only one more week (until 10/11) for the Free Shipping on orders over $30 through our Spirit Wear vendor on our Twain store using code SPOOKY2020-FS

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

Twain’s PTA is sponsoring a Pumpkin Carving Contest. All families are invited to participate. Submissions will be judged on Most Creative, Funniest and Scariest. Look for additional details in Schoology under the All Students Course. Deadline to submit entries is Monday, October 26. Get your pumpkins and get carving! Have fun!

Advanced Academics Program

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), gifted services are available to students who exhibit exceptional performance capability in academic, intellectual, and creative endeavors through Advanced Academic Programs (AAP). When a student is screened for AAP, the school division considers a student’s performance in the four core academic subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. More information can be found online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

If interested in applying, please take note of the following dates:

Thursday, November 12, 2020:

New Students to FCPS (Enrolled after January 2020) Level IV Referral Form and materials are due to Twain Student Services

Tuesday, December 1, 2020:

Current 7th Grade Students Level IV Referral Form and materials are due to Twain Student Services

Forms can be found online at https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students

For additional questions, please contact:

Mrs. Flood-Wright, Twain School Counselor at 703-313-3741 or amfloodwrigh@fcps.edu

You can also contact the AAP Office at AAP@fcps.edu or 571-423-4740

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Reporting Student Absences

Twain uses a computerized attendance system which records absences and late arrivals for each period of the school day. In order to comply with mandatory attendance laws, we must keep accurate records of each child’s time spent in school. To assist families with reporting, attendance can now be reported by using our online attendance form in addition to calling Twain’s 24/7 attendance line at 703-313-3737. Visit Twain’s website for additional information.

Learning Seminar Overview for the week of October 5

Next week in Learning Seminar we will be discussing the role social media plays in our lives. We’ll ask students to consider how this much of their lives does social media take up, how it affects our relationships, and what are the highs and lows of our involvement. We’ll ask our students to review some statements about being online and decide whether they agree or disagree with them and then discuss as a class.

Conversation starter at home: Ask your child what a “red flag feeling” is (answer: this is when something happens on social media that makes a person feel uncomfortable/worried/sad/anxious). Next, ask them to walk you through the steps they would take if this were to happen to them. Ask them to recall all of the trusted adults they identified the previous week during our “Positive Relationships” lessons - these adults could be excellent sources of support. On Friday, students will complete a short survey, which upon completion, will provide our school support staff vital information about how best we can help our students better this year. 

Virtual After School Program

Twain’s After School Program starts this Monday, October 5th. Look on Twain’s website for more information on the After School Program.

Teacher Absences

When teachers are absent during virtual learning for one to two days asynchronous activities will be provided in Schoology. Students will login to their Schoology course and a notice will be posted that the teacher is absent. On that notice, students are instructed to complete a form that will give them credit for attending the class that day. Students must complete that form and submit it to be marked present and prevent a call to parents/guardians reporting a period absence. If teachers are absent for three days or more a substitute teacher will be requested.

Digital Resources – Consent Required

At Twain Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find Twain’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://twainms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s administrator if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

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Schoology Grading and Organization

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Schoology Grading and Organization Grading Clarification
  • Schoology will be used by our teachers to provide feedback on specific Schoology assignments or activities.  It is not the gradebook of record.
    • The Schoology “gradebook” is not an official gradebook or reflection of the students overall grade.
  • SIS ParentVue or StudentVue is where you and your student can go to view the current grade in the class and assignment grades.
  • SIS Grades- Please give our teachers time between the completion of activities and grade entry into the gradebook.  All grades are entered manually so there will be a short delay between assignment completion and the recording in SIS.
Due Dates & Organization
  • Moving forward we have clarified with teachers that they will place due dates on all assignments that require items to be turned in or completed.  Activities or materials that do not need to be turned in will not receive a due date.
  • Upcoming 
    • This list that appears on the students Schoology main page lists all assignments from all classes with upcoming due dates.
    • The assignments are not removed when it is complete in case the student needs to go back and edit the assignment as needed until the due date.
    • If an assignment's due date has passed the assignment will move to the “Overdue” list.
  • Parent Email Notifications- We have been made aware that some of the Parent Digest and Overdue Notifications have been confusing and there were possibly some errors.  Please use the SIS gradebook as the official record of completed assignments.  You can reach out to your students teachers if you need clarification about a specific assignment.  To opt out or change your settings for these parent notifications please see Scoology’s Help Site here: https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/articles/201000903-Parent-Email-Digest-and-Overdue-Notifications-Email    

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Student Rights & Responsibilities

Parents/Guardians please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Guide for Families and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, please complete the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form by Friday, October 30, 2020. The form must be filled out one time per student.

Learning Seminar Overview Week of September 28

Next week in Learning Seminar we’ll be talking all about positive relationships. We’ll discuss the benefits of healthy relationships in our lives and how to go about making and maintaining these relationships here at Twain and beyond. On Friday, we’ll discuss bridges. No, seriously, we’re really going to be talking about bridges. We use them as a metaphor to describe how adults can act as supports as we navigate the unknown and hold us up and support us when we encounter obstacles.

Conversation starter at home: Ask your child who helps to hold them up (beams) and who helps keep us on the correct path (guardrails). Monday’s reflection activity will be a little different this week. All students will be completing a Reading Inventory (RI). The RI will be used to measure your student’s reading strengths and needs. This inventory has been posted in your child’s English class. Helpful tip for logging in: the username is the student’s ID # and the password is the student’s ID and the first initial of the first and last name.

PTA General Membership Meeting

Please join the Twain PTA at our General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00pm via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to all Twain families on Monday, September 28. Please do not share this link with anyone. We will be going over upcoming events and asking the PTA members to vote on and approve our Budget and our annual Treasurer's audit for this year. A short presentation will be made by Mrs. Montgomery (Twain’s 8th Grade Assistant Principal) on our school's No Place For Hate group and its fantastic progress. We look forward to "seeing" you!

PTA Reflections Program

This year's Reflections Program has gone online! The topic is "I Matter Because…." Use the links below that correspond to your submission category to submit. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, October 9, 2020.

Any questions please contact the reflections coordinator at mtmsreflections@gmail.com

Dance Choreography

Film Production

Literature

Music Composition

Photography

Visual Arts

 

Virtual Back to School Night Video

In case you were not able to join us last Monday or if you want to review all the information that was shared at Twain’s Back to School Night, a recording of the video presentation and the slides are available to view on the main page of Twain’s Website under 2020 Return to School Resources for Families and Students.

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Accessing ParentVUE and Schoology

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Thank you for attending Twain’s Virtual Back to School Night yesterday. Several parents/guardians had questions on how to set up ParentVUE and how to access our learning management system – Schoology.

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access, also known as ParentVUE, allows parents access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

To make sure you are connected to ParentVUE:

  • New Users: Please use the parent account registration page to register your account. You will need an activation key to log in for the first time. Please contact Sania Ahmad (sahmad1@fcps.edu) or Steve Fitzgerald (sjfitzgerald@fcps.edu) if you need a new activation key or are having issues logging onto your ParentVUE Account. Please include your name, email address, student's name, students ID number and a short description of what the issue is.
  • Returning Users:  Please go to https://sisparent.fcps.edu to log in to your ParentVUE Account.
  • Trouble logging in? If you are unable to log into ParentVUE, contact Sania Ahmad (sahmad1@fcps.edu) or Steve Fitzgerald (sjfitzgerald@fcps.edu) to verify that your correct email has been added into SIS:

If you have never logged into ParentVUE: 1. Email Sania Ahmad (sahmad1@fcps.edu) or Steve Fitzgerald (sjfitzgerald@fcps.edu) to add your email into SIS – it takes at least 24 hours to update in SIS. 2. Once added into SIS, the school can send out an activation key to the email you have provided. This activation key will include your username, password, and directions for how to log in.

If you forgot your username: 1. Contact Sania Ahmad (sahmad1@fcps.edu) or Steve Fitzgerald (sjfitzgerald@fcps.edu) to verify what your username is. 

If you forgot your password: 1. Reset your password using the “Forgot Password” button on the ParentVUE login screen

Once you have activated your SIS parent account you will be able to login to Schoology as a parent.  Please visit this FCPS site to welcome you to Schoology.

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Virtual Back to School Night

Monday, September 21

6:00 -7:00 pm – 7th Grade Parents/Guardians

7:30 - 8:30 pm - 8th Grade Parents/Guardians

A guest link will be sent to all Twain families to access the Virtual Back to School Night Session with Administrators. This link will be sent through the FCPS e-Notify system via email and/or text message. Please do not share this link with anyone.

After this virtual session with Twain’s Administrators, parents/guardians should visit their student’s courses in Schoology and view information in the Back to School Night Folders from each teacher.

To access course Back to School Night Folders, parents/guardians will log into Schoology using their FCPS ParentVUE account information. If you do not have a ParentVUE Account please contact Twain’s Director of Student Services, Steve Fitzgerald at SJFitzgerald@fcps.edu, as soon as possible.

Schoology Login for parents:

     Schoology Login page: LMS.FCPS.edu

     Username: email username for your ParentVUE account

     Password: password for your ParentVUE account

Back to School Night videos will be available to view throughout the school year if you are not able to set up your ParentVUE account before Monday, September 21.

Virtual After School Program

The start date for Twain’s After School Program has been moved back to Monday, October 5th. The Twain staff apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope that with this decision we are able to offer the best Virtual After School Program we can. This year will be a little different but we are confident that we can still provide quality programming and keep our students engaged and excited. Look for more information in the next week.

Learning Seminar Overview - Week of September 21

Next week in Learning Seminar, we’re going to learn about something that weighs approximately 3lbs, is made up of mostly water, is always growing, and produces electricity. Give up? The brain! So, when you think about it, we’ll be spending some time next week thinking about our thinking (that’s pretty meta). We’ll learn specifically about our prefrontal cortex and the amygdala and how each play a role in our daily lives.

Conversation starter at home: After Wednesday’s lesson, ask your child how learning is impacted when we become stressed (answer: When our amygdala’s are over-activated, our prefrontal cortex can’t do its job. So, learning becomes impossible). We’ll also discuss some ways that students can de-stress and have fun, which, in turn, will allow our brains to continue to grow and acquire new information.

Student Laptop Best Practices

It is very important to make sure we are following some best practices when we are using our laptops at home.  Please make sure you are doing the following:

  • Restart Daily - Restarting every day will make sure your laptop is getting all the necessary updates. Restarting also closes out all the unnecessary programs that remain open and slow your laptop.  Get in the habit of restarting when you finish at the end of the day.  
  • Keep it Safe - Make sure it is on a flat surface so that it does not get damaged.  When carrying it, even around your home, put it inside the black laptop case you received.  
  • Keep it Charged - While you should have a lot of time to use the laptop on just the battery, do not let the laptop completely lose battery power.  This can negatively impact your laptop.  
  • Keep it Updated - Along with a daily restart, another way to get the most recent updates is to visit any FCPS school. Occasionally you might want to connect to a local FCPS school’s Wi-Fi. This does not have to be Twain.  You can access the Wifi from outside the school, usually from the parking lots.  Log on for about 10 minutes, access your Schoology courses, and restart the computer. This will assist in getting any needed updates.  You may also be asked to do this to resolve an issue with accounts and software. 

Visit these resources for even more information on taking care of your laptop from home.  This includes tips for using the microphone, camera, Schoology, etc.  Directions for finding technology support are also located here. 

Twain Student Support Site (you must be logged into your @fcpsschools.net account to access this site) 

Twain’s Public Technology Support for Students and Families Website with links to FCPS resources

Accessing Google Assignments in Schoology

Students - Are you having trouble accessing Google Assignments in Schoology? Check out this quick Step by Step guide (pictures included!)

Join the PTA

Team up with Twain by joining the PTA! Twain’s PTA is primarily funded by our membership dues. By not having to focus on large fundraisers, we are better able to serve our mission of supporting students and staff at Twain.

Membership is $20 for an individual member and $30 for a family membership. Register and securely pay all online via MemberHub. Choose the membership that is best for you! https://mtms.new.memberhub.store/store

Learn more by attending our first PTA meeting of the year on September 29 at 7:00pm virtually via Zoom. (The link will be sent out when we get closer to the date).

We look forward to partnering with you as we treat, encourage, and support our Twain community this year.   

TJHSST Admissions Process Update

The application window for current eighth-grade students has not yet become available. Click this link  to access a News Release containing the most recent information that was presented September 15 at the FCPS School Board Work Session. TJHSST anticipates the next update after October 8th. Please continue to check the TJ admissions website at www.tjadmissions.org for additional information and future updates to the admissions process.

Digital Resources – Consent Required from ALL Parents/Guardians

At Twain Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find Twain’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://twainms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s administrator if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

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Virtual Back to School Night-September 21

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Virtual Back to School Night Monday, September 21 6:00 - 7:00 pm - 7th Grade Parents/Guardians 7:30 - 8:30 pm - 8th Grade Parents/Guardians

A guest link will be sent to all Twain families to access the Virtual Back to School Night Session with Administrators. This link will be sent through the FCPS e-Notify system via email and/or text message. Please do not share this link with anyone.

After this virtual session with Twain’s Administrators, parents/guardians should visit their student’s courses in Schoology and view information in the Back to School Night Folders from each teacher.

To access course Back to School Night Folders, parents/guardians will log into Schoology using their FCPS ParentVUE account information. If you do not have a ParentVUE Account please contact Twain’s Director of Student Services, Steve Fitzgerald at SJFitzgerald@fcps.edu, as soon as possible.

Schoology Login for parents:

     Schoology Login page: LMS.FCPS.edu

     Username: email username for your ParentVUE account

     Password: password for your ParentVUE account

Back to School Night videos will be available to view throughout the school year if you are not able to set up your ParentVUE account before Monday, September 21.

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After School Program

We are very excited to announce that the After School Program will begin on Tuesday, September 22nd. This year the ASP will look different as we will be 100% virtual. The good news is we still have over 15 clubs so far and a very excited staff that is ready to start working with the kids. The clubs that we will be offering at this point (but hoping to add more) are listed below and the formal schedule will be released next week.

  • Cooking Club
  • 4–H Club
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Technology Student Association
  • Theatre / Improv
  • Creative Writing
  • Fitness / Weightlifting
  • Tiny Hats 4 Tiny Babies
  • Book Club
  • AVID Club
  • Poetry Club / Spoken Word
  • News Crew
  • Yoga
  • Kahoot Games
  • Twain Basketball Drills
  • Twain Soccer Skills
What is Learning Seminar?

You may have wondered, “What is Learning Seminar doing on my child’s schedule?” Well, you are probably not alone and we would like to take this opportunity to answer this question. 

Every student at Twain is enrolled in Learning Seminar during 4th period with a teacher they have for another class. The purpose of this time is to build community and deliver social/emotional instruction so that we are teaching the whole child. Throughout the year, we will be working to help students understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

We are very enthusiastic about the opportunities that having this time devoted to wellness and personal growth will bring to our students and our school, and hope you will see some of the benefits at home as well. 

Learning Seminar Overview for the week of September 14:

Each Learning Seminar lesson will be structured the same way. Class will begin with announcements from Twain TV. Here, any important updates and reminders will be given to students. You can see these and past news shows by visiting our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/c/TwainTVNews. Next, students will have the opportunity to participate in a breathing or mindfulness exercise. This week, we’re focused on box breathing. Our School Social Worker will model this technique as students follow along. For those unfamiliar with breathing exercises, this is an activity meant to de-stress and ground our students before we begin our lessons. Following this, students will be led through a community building activity where the goal is to make connections to fellow classmates. Wednesday’s activity is called “Find Someone Who…” and students will be asked to design and share a slide that represents who they are. To close out Wednesday, students will play a game of would you rather and then reflect on how making connections to peers impacts our engagement. Friday, students will discuss motivation and how it can help drive us to reach a lofty goal. We will learn about some exceptional teens who have observed problems in their communities and worked to address it and bring about change. We will ask students to identify their own motivators and ask them to consider what they hope to achieve this year.  To close out the week, we are going to have students create vision boards where they will consider what they hope to accomplish in the next 20 years. We have a fun week of learning and connecting with our students in 4th period. We encourage you to ask your student questions - Did they make any new friends? What motivates them? Where do they see themselves in 20 years? You could even ask them to show you how to do box breathing.

Digital Resources – Consent Required

At Twain Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find Twain’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://twainms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s administrator if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

2019-20 Yearbooks Still Available for Sale and Pick Up

Some 2019-20 Twain yearbooks are still available for purchase. Also, some students who purchased yearbooks last year have not picked them up. To purchase or pickup you can stop by Twain’s main office Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. Yearbooks can be purchase by check or cash. Checks should be made payable to Mark Twain Middle School. If paying by cash, exact change is greatly appreciated! If you have a receipt please bring it with you. Remember to read and respond to the required Health Questionnaire Screening before you enter the building.

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First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8

Look at the Virtual Bell Schedule to see what time classes start.

Login to Schoology to access classes.

COVID-19 Safety

This is a friendly reminder that all visitors to Twain must review and answer the self-check health questionnaire before entering the building. If any answer to the questions is yes, the visitor will not be permitted in the building and should schedule another time to enter the building. Thank you for helping to keep everyone healthy.

Health Screening Questionnaire

Digital Resources Consent Required

At Twain Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find Twain’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://twainms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s administrator if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

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Schedules

All Twain Middle School students received their 2020-21 schedule in an email yesterday. Here is a link to show you how to find your email and the schedule that was sent to you: https://youtu.be/bhO3mGexpDQ

Student Virtual Orientation September 2 – 1:00 pm

Students first opportunity to log in to their “Learning Seminar” class. Join us at 1:00 pm for a 30 minute session where teachers will help students review their schedule, learn a bit more about Schoology, and get to know some of their classmates. Attendance will be taken for this event.

Digital Resources Consent

At Twain Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find Wain’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://twainms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s administrator if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Schoology

As you know, Twain Middle School is piloting Schoology (pronounced/SKOO-lu-jee/), FCPS’s new learning management system to engage with learning materials and our school community during the 2020-21 school year. Parent accounts will be available beginning September 2, 2020. Additional resources for parents to learn about Schoology are now published on the FCPS website:

Back to School Night

Save the date! Twain’s Back to School Night is Monday, September 21, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Additional information will be shared soon.

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Schoology and Jump Start

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Schoology

I am excited to share that students, parents, and teachers in our Twain Middle school community will pilot Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/), FCPS’s new learning management system, to engage with learning materials and our school community during the 2020-21 school year. 

Schoology is a learning space that enhances face-to-face and distance learning through communication, collaboration, and personalized learning. With Schoology, students can submit homework assignments online, review teacher feedback, participate in interactive discussions, read announcements, take tests, and more. As a parent, you will be able to view

  • your student’s class,
  • your student’s participation,
  • teacher comments, and
  • feedback in Schoology

As a pilot school, we will be using Schoology for as many student assignments and communications as possible, including staff and classroom communication. Our teachers will be participating in professional development this summer so they can create an engaging, student-centered environment for your student. In August, you and your student will be given login directions and information about how to use Schoology.

We look forward to using Schoology in our classrooms this fall to enhance connectivity and communication across our school.

If you have questions or feedback regarding Schoology, please visit: https://www.fcps.edu/schoology or contact 703-313-3700.

Sincerely,

Chuck Miller, Principal

Mark Twain Middle School

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Jump Start has begun!

Only two more sessions available!

Visit the Jump Start Website for more information. Students must log in to their Google @fcpsschools.net account to access the site.

We look forward to meeting all of the new Twain Tigers!

Links to the Jump Start Live sessions will be sent to students after they register. Students need to attend only one day, but they can attend the additional session if they like.

Schedule:

Friday August 28:

10 – 10:45 am - Meet and Greet with the Admin Team

10:45 – 11:30 am - Icebreakers and Kahoot Games with Twain Staff

Thursday September 3:

10 – 10:45 am - Meet and Greet with the Admin Team

10:45 – 11:30 am - Icebreakers and Kahoot Games with the Twain Staff

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Jumpstart and Yearbooks

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Jumpstart is back – virtually!

Visit the Jump Start Website for more information. Students must log in to their Google @fcpsschools.net account to access the site.

We look forward to meeting all of the new Twain Tigers!

Links to the Jumpstart Live sessions will be sent to students after they register. Students need to attend only one day, but they can attend the additional sessions if they like.

Schedule:

Friday August 21

10 – 10:45 am -- Meet and Greet with the Admin Team

10:45 – 11:30 am - Icebreakers and Kahoot games with Twain Staff

Friday August 28:

10 – 10:45 am - Meet and Greet with the Admin Team

10:45 – 11:30 am - Icebreakers and Kahoot Games with Twain Staff

Thursday September 3:

10 – 10:45 am - Meet and Greet with the Admin Team

10:45 – 11:30 am - Icebreakers and Kahoot Games with the Twain Staff

Yearbook Pick Up and Sale

Twain’s 2019-2020 yearbooks have arrived and are ready to be picked up!

Stop by Twain on Saturday, August 22 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – we will be outside of Entrance 1.

Don’t worry if you didn’t buy a yearbook - there are additional copies that can be purchased for $35.00. You can purchase the yearbook by check or cash. Checks should be made payable to Mark Twain Middle School. If paying by cash, exact change is greatly appreciated! If you have a receipt please bring it with you.

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