Announcements

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This is our last News You Choose for the 2018-19 school year! Have a wonderful summer! After School Program Surveys

Parents/Guardians and students who participated in the After School Program are asked to complete the survey linked below by tomorrow, Friday, June 14.

Parents:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLDCGM2

 

Students:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SFFWJFD

Save the Dates

Check Twain’s website for additional information.

 

Jump Start

August 5, 6, and 7

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

Tiger Fest

Wednesday, August 21

3:00 – 7:00 pm

 

First Day of School

Monday, August 26

7:30 am – 2:15 pm

 

Back-to-School Night

Wednesday, September 4

6:30 – 8:30 pm

 

After School Program Begins

Monday, September 23

2:30 – 4:45 pm

2019-2020 - Edison HS Sports

Fall Sports Try-out Information

Tryouts Begin: August 5th 2019

www.edisonsports.org/

www.edisonboosters.org/

 

Football

Boys Cross Country

Competitive Cheer

Girls Cross Country

Girls Volleyball

Golf

Field Hockey

 

 

Interested in playing a sport at Edison High School in 2019-2020?

Be sure to have your athletic forms turned in to the Edison Activities Office this summer (see links below).

Athletic Forms:

https://www.fcps.edu/activities/student-athletics

Edison Athletic Boosters:

http://www.edisonboosters.org/

Questions:

Greg Dombrowski, DSA: gsdombrowski@fcps.edu

Kristyna Meyer: president@edisonboosters.org

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Awards Ceremonies

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End-of-Year Awards Ceremonies

Mark Twain’s annual End-of-Year Awards ceremonies will be held tomorrow in our gymnasium.

The 7th grade ceremony will begin at 8:00 am and the 8th grade ceremony will begin at 9:15 am. All parents of students slated to receive an award have been given an invitation. It is important to note that this End-of-Year event is not a promotion ceremony and, therefore, only students who were nominated to receive an award will be recognized.

Can’t make it to Mark Twain for the program? We will be live-streaming the ceremonies on YouTube. Follow the link below to tune-in.  

https://www.youtube.com/user/twainmsnews/live

If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Fitzgerald at sjfitzgerald@fcps.edu or 703-313-3720

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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8th Grade Dance: A Star is Born

Put on your dancing shoes! It’s time for the 8th Grade Dance tonight (Friday, June 7th) at 6:30-8:30 PM at Twain MS.

Price of ticket includes:

*Admission to dance

*Refreshments

*Photo Booth Pictures

*Swag Bag

Looking forward to this amazing event. FCPS Dress Code applies to this event.

Next Week’s Schedule

Every day next week is a Monday schedule:

June 10 – 5th period lunch

June 11 – 5th period lunch

June 12 – 6th period lunch

June 13 – 5th period lunch – 3 hour Early Release

Flight Trampoline Spirit Event

Grab your friends and head to Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield for our PTA Fundraiser Event on Wednesday, June 12th from 5-9 PM. Don’t forget to fill out your waiver ahead of time. Flight will donate 40% for your jump ticket to the PTA, so don’t forget to mention TWAIN PTA when you purchase your ticket!

National PTA Reflections 2019-20

Explore your creativity by participating in the National PTA Reflections Program. Get a jump start over the summer. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.   More information about how to submit your art will be available in the Fall. Visit https://www.pta.org/home/programs/reflections for more information.

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Tonight's Pops Concert Cancelled

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The current weather outlook during our concert time continues to show a reasonably high probability for foul weather. Considering many of the issues involved, the combined music team has decided to cancel tonight's Twain Pops concert. There will not be a makeup concert. Our condolences to all.

 

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8th Grade Dance-June 7

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Urgent Request for Help!!!

Tickets for the 8th Grade Dance go on sale starting today.  We are in need of PTA members to sell tickets on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6.  Please consider helping!!!  No tickets will be sold at the door, so lunch sales are vital!! Also, we need help to decorate on Friday starting at 1:30 PM.  All hands on deck!  Please visit  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-20192  and sign up to help out!! Did I mention we need chaperones?   The dance is this Friday, June 7th from 6:30-8:30 PM.

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Interim Assistant Principal

Mr. Jamie Meier is at Twain as interim Assistant Principal. Mr. Meier is a retired Fairfax County Public School administrator that has served FCPS for 33 years as a teacher and Assistant Principal at Fort Hunt Elementary and as Principal at Waynewood Elementary.  He is filling in for Dr. Millman, and will be supporting the students, staff and community of Mark Twain Middle School until June 12, 2019. 

8th Grade Dance: A Star is Born

Tickets go on sale next week from Tuesday-Friday for the 8th Grade Dance.  Price for tickets is $7 and no tickets will be sold at the door.  Price of ticket includes:

*Admission to dance

*Refreshments

*Photo Booth Pictures

*Swag Bag 

Don’t miss out on this amazing event

The dance is Friday, June 7th from 6:30- 8:30 PM at Twain MS. 

The Dance committee is still looking for help.  We need help selling tickets during the week.  We are also looking for help to set up and chaperone the night of the dance.  Please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-20192 to see how you can help.

7th grade parents/guardians are welcome.  Come see how it’s done!

8th Grade Field Day

Hey 8th Grade Parents! Guess what?

It’s time for 8th Grade field day (June 11, 2019)!!!!!!

FIELD DAY TEAM T-SHIRTS ON SALE AT LUNCH $5.00

The 8th Grade students will be celebrating the end of their exciting journey at Twain Middle School with a day full of food and fun! In order to make this a great day for our 8th grade students, we could use a little help from our 8th grade families.

Students are asked to bring in the following donations based on their counselor.

Baldwin (Green) and Pilotti (Red) - Water Bottles – small 8 oz bottles preferred

Flood (Blue) - Chips or Pretzels – individual bags preferred

Danosos (Orange) - Cookies & Sweets

We also have a Sign-Up Genius for a few additional donations and sign-up to help out on field day. Please use the link below to sign up.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-20193

We are looking forward to a great day with our 8th Graders!

Remind your 8th Grader to get the permission form signed

and return it to school. Forms are being collected in all 8th grade math classrooms. Forms must be turned in no later than Friday, June 7.

We would like to have donations brought to school no later than

Friday, June 7. Donations can be dropped off in the office or brought to Mrs. Pennebaker’s classroom (Room 154).

End of Year Awards Ceremonies

Mark Twain’s annual End of Year Awards ceremonies will be held Wednesday, June 12th in our gymnasium. The 7th grade ceremony will begin at 8:00 am and the 8th grade ceremony will begin at 9:15 am. All parents of students slated to receive an award will be given an invitation. It is important to note that this End of Year event is not a promotion ceremony and therefore only students who were nominated to receive an award will be recognized. If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Fitzgerald at sjfitzgerald@fcps.edu or 703-313-3720.

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Announcements and Updates from our PTA

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8th Grade Dance

 It’s time to send off our 8th graders in style with a formal 8th Grade Dance. This year’s theme is A Star is Born. Join us on Friday, June 7th from 6:30- 8:30 PM at Twain MS. Tickets are $7 and will be on sale during lunches- June 4th-7th.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

The Dance Committee is looking for help to make this event a success. Chaperones and volunteers are needed at a variety of stations the day of the dance, as well as help selling tickets during lunches. Please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-20192 to see how you can help.

7th grade parents/guardians are welcome.  Come see how it’s done!

PTA Board 2019-20

Congratulations to the 2019-20 PTA Board.  Elections were held at the May 23rd PTA meeting.

President- Linda Pinkney

Vice President- Vacant

Secretary- Christy Rose

Treasurer- Debra Cope

Membership and Volunteer Coordinator (non-elected board member) Shelby Workman

Staff Member of the Month Nominations

 Is there a great staff member at Twain that you would like to nominate for the September 2019 Staff Member of the Month?  Send your nominations to mtmspresident@gmail.com

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Return Spring Pictures

If you still have your students' spring pictures at home and do not want to purchase them, please return the pictures to your student’s PE teacher as soon as possible.  

Seeking Awards Ceremony Speaker

Are you interested in auditioning for the end of year awards ceremony speaker? Have you signed up online yet? What are you waiting for? The sign-up deadline is this Monday, May 27, and auditions are Wednesday, May 29. One 7th grader and one 8th grader will be chosen to speak. The information sheet and link to sign up online are below. Questions?  Email Ms. Lebowitz at sjlebowitz@fcps.edu

On Wednesday, June 12, the awards assemblies for the 2018-2019 school year will be taking place.  During these assemblies, end of the year awards will be handed out and one student from each grade level will be selected to address their class with final thoughts for the year.  If you would like to be that speaker, please read below for more information!

All students interested in applying to be the end of the year speaker must write their own speech.  The speech should include:

Your thoughts about what makes students’ time at Twain so special

What knowledge, attitudes, and information should students take with them as they move on next year

Any inspirational/parting words for your class as they graduate this grade level

For 7th graders: How should students prepare themselves to be leaders next year?

For 8th graders: How should students prepare themselves to be high school students next year?

Speeches should not exceed 5 minutes.

To be selected:

Students must need to sign up on the Google Registration Form no later than Monday, May 27Students must sign up by May 27 so Ms. Lebowitz and Ms. Pilotti can create a schedule for the auditions.

The link is: https://forms.gle/V1zd1ysZDYu7C4su6 or you can scan the QR code below.

Auditions will occur on May 29 during D lunch and 4th period. 

On May 28 you will receive a pass with your audition time.

If you do not sign up on the Google Form, you will not be allowed to present your speech.

Hayfield Rising 9th Activity Fair

Thursday, May 30th

2:15 – 2:45 pm: HAWK Period 8

Hayfield Secondary School Field House

Agenda:

1:40: Table set up for your sport, club or activity

2:05: Rising 9th graders will view a video presentation with our Activities Office, current Hawks and Alumni

2:15 – 2:45: Rising 9th graders will be dismissed to the Field House. Students must bring all of their belongings

2:45: Dismiss to the buses and clear tables

Suggested Items for table:

  • Uniforms
  • Sign-up/ Contact Sheet
  • Posters, Pictures
  • Camp information
  • Spirit Packs
  • Try-out information/expectations
  • Student Representatives (please email Jeff Herbert with their names, after you have spoken with them and confirmed they are available, so he can arrange passes)
  • Sporting Equipment

Thank you for your help in making this a positive and productive morning for our students and your programs. Please contact Jeff Herbert at jsherbert@fcps.edu or 703-924-7471 with any questions or assistance needed for the fair.

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Career Switcher Info Session & Updated Schedule

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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

Updated Schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

May 20

Regular Monday Schedule

21

English Remediation

Period 5- English Remediation

Period 3

Period 1 (Lunch)

Period 7

 

22

English Retake

Period 2- English Retake

Period 4

Period 6 (Lunch)

Period 7

23

Science Remediation

Period 1- Sci. Remediation

Period 3

Period 5 (Lunch)

Period 7

24

Science Retake

Period 4- Sci. Retake

Period 2

Period 6 (lunch)

Period 7

27

No School- Memorial Day

28

Civics Remediation & Retake

Period 3- Civ. Rem.

Period 1 - Retake

Period 5 (Lunch)

Period 7

29

Math Remediation

Period 7- Math Remediation

Period 2

Period 6 (Lunch)

Period 4- Short Period

30

Math Retake

Period 3- Math Retake

Period 1

Period 5 (Lunch)

Period 7

31

Normal Friday

Hershey Performing Arts Trip

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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PTA Meeting

Join us for a very special PTA meeting on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 PM in the Library.  It’s election time and we need at least 10 PTA members to carry out the vote. To view the Slate of Officers, visit https://twainms.fcps.edu/announcements/2019-20-pta-officers

Hope to see you there.

Looking to Fill PTA Positions for 2019-20

We need you!!! Your support is important to the PTA.  We couldn’t do the things we do for Twain students and staff without the amazing parent volunteers.

We are looking to fill the following PTA positions for the next school year:

Vice President

Reflections Chair Spirit Wear Chair

Tiger Night Social Co-Chairs

Twain Community Night Chair

Odyssey of the Mind Chair

8th Grade Dance Co-Chairs

To find out more about any of these positions or to volunteer, please contact the PTA President at mtmspresident@gmail.com

8th Grade Field Day Support

Donations and volunteers needed for the 8th Grade Field Day on Tuesday, June 11th.  Each team will request students to bring in a particular item for that day, but there are other items that will be needed.  Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-20193

Please note: Field Day is for our 8th Grade students. 7th Grade students will be enjoying an activity day that day, but will not be taking part in Field Day.

Medication Pick Up

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time at 11:15 am on the last day of school June 13, 2019. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student. However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school. Please be sure medication orders are clear. All information on the form must be completed. Part I must be signed and dated by the parent or guardian. Part II must be signed and dated by your physician. Over-the-counter medication given for headache, muscle pain, orthodontic pain, or menstrual cramps and antibiotic or anti-viral medication do not need a physician signature. More detailed information is available on the back of the medication authorization form.

Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled by the parent or guardian. All prescription medication, including physician’s samples, must be labeled by the pharmacist or physician. Please make sure that the label clearly states your student’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage of the medication, and the time interval for administration.

If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program. Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Your cooperation will ensure that we can safely give your student his or her medication. If you have any questions, please contact your school health room aide, Shannon Eiserman, at (703) 313-3710, or your school public health nurse, Kamira Mollet, at (703) 313-3724.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Next Week’s Schedule

Monday, May 13 (Monday schedule)

Tuesday, May 14: Civics (8th Grade) SOL (Order of periods: 2, 7, 6, 4)

Wednesday, May 15: Math (7th Grade) SOL (Order of periods: 1, 3, 5, 7)

Thursday, May 16: Math (8th Grade) SOL (Order of periods: 2, 4, 6, 7)

Friday, May 17 (Monday schedule) – 6th period lunch

SOLs continue

It is important that students be present and on-time to school on testing days.  Please do your best to avoid appointments and planned absences. Students will be more successful if they get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast. The Virginia Department of Education states that electronic devices cannot be brought into testing locations. Please make sure your students plan to leave their devices at home or secured in their locker on testing days.

Paisano’s Spirit Event

Join us at Paisano’s on Tuesday, May 14 for Lunch and Dinner.  No flyer needed.  Just mention Twain when you order and the PTA will get 20%. Carry-out, dine-in, or delivery. Please mention Twain when ordering.

Paisano’s - 6937A Telegraph Rd. - 703.922.0900

AVID Car Wash

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, May 18 at Twain Middle School

Come out and support our AVID Program!

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Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments

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SOLs begin tomorrow - May 7

It is important that students be present and on-time to school on testing days.  Please do your best to avoid appointments and planned absences. Students will be more successful if they get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast. The Virginia Department of Education states that electronic devices cannot be brought into testing locations. Please make sure your students plan to leave their devices at home or secured in their locker on testing days.

Tuesday, May 7: Reading 8 SOL (Order of periods: 1, 3, 5, 7)

Wednesday, May 8: Reading 7 SOL (Order of periods: 2, 4, 6, 7)

Thursday, May 9: Science 8 SOL (Order of periods: 1, 7, 5, 3)

Friday, May 10 (Monday Schedule) – 6th period lunch

Monday, May 13 (Monday schedule)

Tuesday, May 14: Civics (8th Grade) SOL (Order of periods: 2, 7, 6, 4)

Wednesday, May 15: Math (7th Grade) SOL (Order of periods: 1, 3, 5, 7)

Thursday, May 16: Math (8th Grade) SOL (Order of periods: 2, 4, 6, 7)

Friday, May 17 (Monday schedule) – 6th period lunch

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Theatre Performance

Don't miss Peter Pan - with real flying!

Twain Theatre has taken a huge step – we are the first stand alone middle school in FCPS to use flying in a production.  You don’t want to miss Peter Pan!  Tickets are just $8 and are on sale now at https://www.itickets.com/events/422002.html. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Performances are:

May 3 at 7:00 pm

May 4 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm

May 5 at 2:00 pm

We hope to see you there!

SOLs begin May 7

Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments begin on Tuesday, May 7. It is important that students be present and on-time to school on testing days.  Please do your best to avoid appointments and planned absences. Students will be more successful if they get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast. The Virginia Department of Education states that electronic devices cannot be brought into testing locations. Please make sure your students plan to leave their devices at home or secured in their locker on testing days.

Next Week's Schedule

Monday, May 6 (Monday schedule)

Tuesday, May 7: Reading 8 SOL (Order of periods: 1, 3, 5, 7)

Wednesday, May 8: Reading 7 SOL (Order of periods: 2, 4, 6, 7)

Thursday, May 9: Science 8 SOL (Order of periods: 1, 7, 5, 3)

Friday, May 10 (Monday Schedule) – 6th period lunch

Schedule Week of May 13

Monday, May 13 (Monday schedule)

Tuesday, May 14: Civics (8th Grade) SOL (Order of periods: 2, 7, 6, 4)

Wednesday, May 15: Math (7th Grade) SOL (Order of periods: 1, 3, 5, 7)

Thursday, May 16: Math (8th Grade) SOL (Order of periods: 2, 4, 6, 7)

Friday, May 17 (Monday schedule) – 6th period lunch

Yearbooks are on sale!

Don’t forget to buy your yearbook to have the memories of this school year.

Yearbooks will be available to buy online until May 4 for $35.00. After May 4 a limited number of yearbooks will be available for purchase at school. To purchase your yearbook go to yearbookordercenter.com and add the order code 8606.

Staff Appreciation Thank You

Thanks to the AMAZING support of our Twain parent/guardians, we held a very successful Staff Appreciation Week. The PTA hosted a Baja Fresh Luncheon, a Dessert Bar and the Gift Card Giveaway. We appreciate all the generous donations of desserts, gift cards, and monetary contributions. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Comedies Abound on the Edison Stage

Edison High School Spotlights One Act Comedies, May 10-11
The annual student-directed one act play festival returns to the auditorium of Thomas A. Edison High School Friday, May 10 (7pm) and Saturday, May 11, 2019 (2pm and 7pm). Featuring comedic plays by a variety of authors and the participation of more than 50 theatre students, admission to each set of plays is only $5 general admission - available online or at the door a half hour before showtime. To order tickets, go to https://www.itickets.com/events/421608

Paisano's Spirit Event

Mark your calendar for our next PTA Spirit Event at Paisano’s on May 14.

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Donations Needed for Staff Appreciation Week

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Donations for Staff Appreciation Week- April 29-May 3

Donations are still needed for the Dessert Station and the Gift Card Giveaway.  Please sign up to support this event at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-mark8

The PTA's hope is to get enough gift cards for each staff member to receive a gift card, so we need 120 gift cards. We are only halfway there, so we really need your help. Please consider donating one or more $10 gift card to show your appreciation. We made donating easy. Just click here to make a donation and we’ll pick up the gift card for you. All gift cards or gift donations are needed by Tuesday, April 30.  Thank you very much.

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Tiger Night Social - Tonight

Friday, April 26th 6:30- 8:30 PM. Twain students only.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.

There will be...

  • A 'DJ' spinning tunes in the cafeteria
  • Concessions for sale 
  • Basketball tournament
  • Minute to Win It games
  • Wii games 
  • Improv station
  • Karaoke
  • A 'selfie' spot and more! 
  • There is sure to be something for everyone!

See you there!

Staff Appreciation Week – April 29 – May 3

It’s time to say Thank You to the fabulous teachers and staff at Twain! The PTA will host several events to celebrate the amazing staff members at Twain.

Donations are needed for the Dessert Station and the Gift Card Giveaway.  Please sign up to support this event at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-mark8

Our hope is to get enough gift cards for each staff member to receive a gift card, so we need 120 gift cards.  Please consider donating one or more $10 GC to show your appreciation.  Don’t have time to shop for a gift card, click here is donate $$ and we’ll do the shopping.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness month. To help promote this within our building, the Twain Student Services and Clinical team is sharing one mental health tip with students each day via the morning news. Also, next week we will be promoting overall wellness and stress-reduction with our Wellness Week Initiative through all lunches. Each day during lunches, counselors will lead students through a variety of wellness-focused activities (students may choose not to participate if they don’t wish to).  In addition, we will be sharing one tip per week in the KIT (see below for Wellness Week descriptions and this week’s tip). If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school counselor.

Wellness Week Initiative April 29-May 3

Mindfulness Monday- Zen-like atmosphere in cafeteria with calming activities

Tech Tuesday - QR codes For Mindfulness Apps

Wellness Wednesday - Guided mindfulness exercise

Thoughtful Thursday - Positive Affirmations Banner (will be hung in the foyer during SOL week).

Fun Friday - Coloring Sheets w/ Quotes for relaxation

Theatre Performance

Don't miss Peter Pan - with real flying!

Twain Theatre has taken a huge step – we are the first stand alone middle school in FCPS to use flying in a production.  You don’t want to miss Peter Pan!  Tickets are just $8 and are on sale now at https://www.itickets.com/events/422002.html. Performances are:

May 3 at 7:00 pm

May 4 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm

May 5 at 2:00 pm

We hope to see you there!

Paisano’s Spirit Event

Mark your calendar for our next PTA Spirit Event at Paisano’s on May 14th.

PTA 2019-2020 Slate of Officers

The 2019-20 Slate of Officers were announced at the April PTA Meeting. President -Linda Pinkney will be serving for a second term Vice President- Vacant Secretary- Christy Rose will be serving for a second term Treasurer- Debra Cope Membership and Volunteer Coordinator (non-elected Board Position)- Shelby Workman

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Lost and Found

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Mark Twain's Lost and Found!

If you lost a jacket, T-shirt, book, binder, lunch bag, etc. this school year, this message is for you!

Our Lost and Found area by the stage in the cafeteria is overflowing with items from our students. This week, during every lunch, items from Twain’s Lost and Found area will be placed on the stage in the cafeteria to make it a little easier for you to locate your missing items. Please plan on picking anything up by this Friday, April 26, 2019. Items left after students are dismissed on Friday will be bagged up and moved as we try to maintain a clean building and atmosphere.

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Tiger Night Social - Parent Volunteers Needed

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Tiger Night Social - Parent Volunteers Needed

Urgent Need: Parent volunteers are needed to help sell Tiger Night tickets during lunches this week, April 23-26.  Sign up using the link below.  Our Spring Tiger Night Social will be held this Friday, April 26 from 6:30-8:30 PM.  Advance tickets will be on sale during lunches April 23-26.  We are looking for parent volunteers to sell tickets, donate items and offer support the night of the event, helping with concessions, chaperoning, supervising games, set-up and clean-up.  Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-spring5

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Spring Break

Next week is Spring Break - April 15 – 19, 2019. Students and staff return to school on Monday, April 22, 2019. Enjoy the break!!

Yearbooks are on sale!!

Don’t forget to buy your yearbook to have the memories of this school year.

Yearbooks will be available to buy online until May 4th for $35.00.

To purchase your yearbook go to yearbookordercenter.com and add the order code 8606.

Tiger Night Social

Spring Tiger Night Social will be held Friday, April 26th from 6:30-8:30 PM.  Advance tickets will be on sale during lunches April 23-26 (right after we return from Spring Break). 

We are looking for parent volunteers to sell tickets, donate items and offer support the night of the event, helping with concessions, chaperoning, supervising games, set-up and clean-up.  Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-spring5

Staff Appreciation Week

Please help the PTA say thank you to the fabulous teachers and staff at Twain during the 2019 PTA Staff Appreciation Week, April 29-May 3.  Donations are needed for desserts and $10 gift cards.  Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-mark8

Staff Member of the Month Nomination

Do you know any amazing teacher or staff at Twain? The PTA is looking for a nomination for our June Staff Member of the Month.  Please email Linda Pinkney by April 25th with your nominations at mtmspresident@gmail.com.  Thank you!

Peter Pan Tickets on Sale

Tickets for Mark Twain Middle School’s spring production Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie are on sale. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here

Performances are:

May 3 at 7:00 pm

May 4 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm

May 5 at 2:00 pm

Would you like to make a donation to help support the Theatre program at Twain?  We currently have a GoFundMe campaign going to help raise money for the Peter Pan Fly System and support future productions at Mark Twain Middle School.  Your contribution means the world to the students and families involved. You can follow Mark Twain Middle School Theatre on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/MTMSTheatre

Instagram: @TwainTheatre  Twitter: @TwainTheatre  or visit our website: https://twainms.fcps.edu/index.php/activities/theatre-arts 

Spring SOLs

The Spring SOLs will take place in early May for Twain students.  It is important that students be present and on-time to school on testing days.  Please do your best to avoid appointments and planned absences.  If travel or out of school events are unavoidable, please contact your student’s counselor as soon as possible so alternate testing dates can be arranged.

The Virginia Department of Education states that electronic devices cannot be brought into testing locations. Please make sure your students plan to leave their devices at home or secured in their locker on testing days.

Twain SOL Testing Schedule:

  • Monday, May 6th: No Testing- Monday Class Schedule
  • Tuesday, May 7th: Reading 8 SOL
  • Wednesday, May 8th: Reading 7 SOL
  • Thursday, May 9th: Science 8 SOL
  • Friday, May 10th: No Testing- Monday Class Schedule
  • Monday, May 13th: No Testing- Monday Class Schedule
  • Tuesday, May 14th: Civics (8th Grade only) SOL
  • Wednesday, May 15th: Math (7th Grade only) SOL
  • Thursday, May 16th: Math (8th Grade only) SOL
  • Friday, May 17th: No Testing- Monday Class Schedule

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Ledo Pizza PTA Spirit Night

Come on out to Ledo Pizza in Kingstowne on Tuesday, April 9th from 5-9 PM. Twain PTA received 20% of ALL dine-in sales and take out orders.  Bring a friend and tell your neighbors too.  No flyer necessary.  Just mention the Twain PTA when you order.  Thanks for your support.

Tiger Night Social

On Friday, April 26th from 6:30-8:30 PM, the PTA will be holding the Spring Tiger Night Social! This night seems to grow bigger each time we have it. Activities include DJ spinning tunes in the cafeteria, concessions for sale, basketball tournament, Minute to Win it games, Wii games, Improv Station, Karaoke, and more.  There is sure to be something for everyone! Advance tickets will be on sale during lunches April 23-26 (right after we return from Spring Break). This event cannot happen without lots of help. We are looking for parent volunteers to sell tickets, donate items and offer support the night of the event, helping with concessions, chaperoning, supervising games, set-up and clean-up.  Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-spring5

Peter Pan Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets for Mark Twain Middle School’s spring production Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie are now on sale. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here

Performances are:

May 3 at 7:00 pm

May 4 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm

May 5 at 2:00 pm

Would you like to make a donation to help support the Theatre program at Twain?  We currently have a GoFundMe campaign going to help raise money for the Peter Pan Fly System and support future productions at Mark Twain Middle School.  Your contribution means the world to the students and families involved. You can follow Mark Twain Middle School Theatre on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/MTMSTheatre

Instagram: @TwainTheatre  Twitter: @TwainTheatre  or visit our website: https://twainms.fcps.edu/index.php/activities/theatre-arts 

Spring SOLs

The Spring SOLs will take place in early May for Twain students.  It is important that students be present and on-time to school on testing days.  Please do your best to avoid appointments and planned absences.  If travel or out of school events are unavoidable, please contact your student’s counselor as soon as possible so alternate testing dates can be arranged.

The Virginia Department of Education states that electronic devices cannot be brought into testing locations. Please make sure your students plan to leave their devices at home or secured in their locker on testing days.

Twain SOL Testing Schedule:

  • Monday, May 6th: No Testing- Monday Class Schedule
  • Tuesday, May 7th: Reading 8 SOL
  • Wednesday, May 8th: Reading 7 SOL
  • Thursday, May 9th: Science 8 SOL
  • Friday, May 10th: No Testing- Monday Class Schedule
  • Monday, May 13th: No Testing- Monday Class Schedule
  • Tuesday, May 14th: Civics (8th Grade only) SOL
  • Wednesday, May 15th: Math (7th Grade only) SOL
  • Thursday, May 16th: Math (8th Grade only) SOL
  • Friday, May 17th: No Testing- Monday Class Schedule
V.I.P. Twain Summer Camp

(also including Hayfield SS, Key MS, Sandburg MS and Whitman MS)

Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) will be partnering to offer the VIP Summer Camp! This year the camp will take place July 1- August 1 at Mark Twain Middle, 8am-4pm. Students need to be registered to attend.

Details can be found at: https://twainms.fcps.edu/activities/after-school-program/vip-summer-camp

Questions, please contact Dominic Amato – 703-313-3815 – dfamato@fcps.edu

National PTA Reflection Program Winner

Congratulations to James Aiden Riley, 8th grader at MTMS, who won two awards for his entries in the National PTA Reflections program Outstanding Interpretation (1st place) in the Special Artist category for film production in the PTA Reflections program for FCPS.  He advanced to NoVA and won Outstanding Interpretation.  He advanced to Virginia and won OI at that level. His film production is now being judged at the National level. His photography entry won 2nd place at the state of Virginia.

Well done, Aiden!  Thanks for showing your Tiger Pride!

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