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Summer Learning

Concerned about your Twain student losing the progress they’ve made this school year? Consider sending them to Twain’s Summer Learning program - IMAGINE. The link for the registration packet can be found below. There are still 50 slots available! The program runs from July 11 to 29 (7:20 am to 11:20 am) at Twain Middle School. Transportation will be provided from your student’s elementary school to Twain. Students will be returned to the elementary school at the end of the day.

To register your student for the summer program, complete pages two and three and drop them off at Twain’s main office or send them in an email to [email protected]

 IMAGINE Packet

PTA Updates Candid Pictures of 8th Grade

Thanks to Susan Johnson for taking candid photos at the 8th grade dance. You can download the photos for free without the watermark. Click to here to view and download.

If you have any questions, contact Maria Miller at [email protected].

Take a more active role in the 2022-23 PTA

There are many ways you can support the PTA whether it’s just for a one-time event or in a coordinator role. Below is a list of coordinators that will be needed for next year. Many of roles can be done in the evening. Please email [email protected] if you would like to be removed from our contact list.

  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • PTA Reflections Program
  • Restaurant Nights
  • Spirit Wear
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Tiger Night Socials Fall and Spring
  • Twain Community Nights Fall and Spring
  • 8th Grade Dance
  • Nominating Committee
  • Communications/PTA Updates/Social Media

Have a wonderful summer!

See you on August 22, 2022 – First Day of School!

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Calendar Updates

Friday, June 10 – Last Day of School – 2 Hour Early Release – 12:15 pm

Yearbooks Available

A limited amount of 2021-2022 Twain MS yearbooks will go on sale Monday, June 6 for $35. Checks or money orders made payable to Twain MS are preferred. If you must pay with cash, please bring the exact amount of $35.00.

If you previously purchased your yearbook online, please pickup your book during lunch.

Laptop Return

Students will turn in their laptops and chargers on June 7th and 8th. 

June 7th – 8th Grade

June 8th – 7th Grade

  • Any personal stickers or other markings added by the student MUST be removed.
  • Clean the device to the best of your ability.  
  • Students who will not be here on June 7th or 8th should turn in their laptop to room 105 or the main office before June 7th. 
  • Students will keep their case.  Cases will NOT be provided next school year. 
  • Students attending an FCPS summer program may keep their laptops for that program.  Laptops and chargers must be returned to the Twain main office on the last day of the summer program. 

Students are obligated to pay for charger or laptop that is lost or a laptop that is damaged beyond repair.

Replacement fee for lost computer equipment:

  • Dell 3310 Laptop Computer ($481.00)
  • Dell 3310 Charger ($23) 

Replacement fees can be paid either through:

  • MySchoolBucks - https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ Make sure you select the correct item in the Twain School Store. 
  • Check - Bring in a check to Twain’s Main Office made payable to “Twain Middle School”.  Write the Student ID# on the Memo line.
Hello High School

As a reminder, the Hello High School 8th grade field trip is Wednesday, June 8.  All 8th graders were given permission slips which must be signed and returned to their 4th period Learning Seminar teachers. If they need another copy, please send them to Student Services and one will be provided.  

PTA Updates What’s for dinner on Tuesday night?

Our last spirit night of the year is at Chipotle, Tuesday, June 7, 4 to 8pm. Plan to eat in or carry out from Chipotle and give back to the PTA through your purchases.

2022-23 PTA Officers

President: Maggie DeMello

Vice President: Liz Townsend

Secretary: Shana Bellow

Treasurer: Revetta Dixon

Volunteer Coordinator: Linda Pinkney

Take a more active role in the 2022-23 PTA.

We also need you to donate your time to help us fundraise and coordinate student programs for the year. There are three positions that we’re looking to fill right now:

  • Spirit wear coordinator. Spirit wear is an essential part of our annual fundraising. We need someone to coordinate with vendors and manage inventory.
  • Spirit Night/Restaurant Night. We need someone to help coordinate restaurant nights each month to help raise money for student events. We have a great list with contact information to help you get started.
  • Fall Tiger Night. Do you like planning parties? We need someone to lead a team of volunteers for our first social event of the year. We have not confirmed the date yet. It will be a Friday night in mid-October.

There are many ways you can support the PTA whether it’s just for a one-time event or in a coordinator role. Below is a list of coordinators that will be needed for next year.

Please email [email protected] if you would like to be removed from our contact list.

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Calendar Updates

Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day Holiday – School Closed

Friday, June 10 – Last Day of School – 2 Hour Early Release at 12:15 pm

Laptop Return

Students will turn in their laptops and chargers on June 7th and 8th. 

June 7th – 8th Grade

June 8th – 7th Grade

  • Any personal stickers or other markings added by the student MUST be removed.
  • Clean the device to the best of your ability.  
  • Students who will not be here on June 7th or 8th should turn in their laptop to room 105 or the main office before June 7th.
  • Students will keep their case. Cases will NOT be provided next school year. 
  • Students attending an FCPS summer program may keep their laptops for that program. Laptops and chargers must be returned to the Twain main office on the last day of the summer program. 

Students are obligated to pay for charger or laptop that is lost or a laptop that is damaged beyond repair.

Replacement fee for lost computer equipment:

  • Dell 3310 Laptop Computer ($481.00)
  • Dell 3310 Charger ($23) 

Replacement fees can be paid either through:

  • MySchoolBucks - https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ Make sure you select the correct item in the Twain School Store. 
  • Check - Bring in a check to Twain’s Main Office made payable to “Twain Middle School”.  Write the Student ID# on the Memo line.
Hello High School

As a reminder, the Hello High School 8th grade field trip is Wednesday, June 8.  All 8th graders were given permission slips which must be signed and returned to their 4th period Learning Seminar teachers. If they need another copy, please send them to Student Services and one will be provided.  

PTA Updates Summer Glow – 8th Grade Dance

The 8th Grade Dance is Friday, June 3 from 6 to 8 pm in Twain Cafeteria. Tickets are $1 and will be on sale June 1 to 3. All students who have purchased tickets should pick up their wrist bands on Friday.

8th Grade Students can submit playlist suggestions for the dance here. Your recommendations will be considered and may be used during the dance.

Parents

We need the following support from parents.

  1. We need volunteers to sell tickets during lunch periods from 10:30 am to 12:45 on June 1 to 3. Please sign up here.
  2. We still need several parents to help set up on June 3. If you are available any time after 2:30, we could use your help! There are also a few in-kind donations of soda and snacks that are still needed Please sign up here.

Thank you to all the parents who contributed money. We are able to fully fund the dance costs from your donations. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support from so many parents! We are still accepting donations for the PTA. Funds will be used to support next year’s activities. Please contribute through MemberHub

Congratulations to the 2022-23 PTA Officers

During the Tuesday General PTA Meeting, we voted in next year’s officers. Congratulations to all! We will spend the next 30 days or so transitioning. Feel free to reach out to me, Maria Miller at [email protected], if you are interested in taking a more active role in the PTA next year.

President: Maggie DeMello

Vice President: Liz Townsend

Secretary: Shana Bellow

Treasurer: Revetta Dixon

Volunteer Coordinator: Linda Pinkney

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Calendar Updates

Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day Holiday – School Closed

Friday, June 10 – Last Day of School – 2 Hour Early Release

Hello High School

All 8th graders will be going to Edison High School on Wednesday, June 8th from 10:45am – 12:45pm for an event called Hello High School. Students will get an understanding of what to expect starting in the fall as 9th graders. We hope this is both a fun and informative experience for our 8th grade class. Permission forms were given out today in students’ 4th period class. Please sign them and ask students to return them to their Learning Seminar teachers.

PTA Updates Summer Glow – 8th Grade Dance

The 8th Grade Dance is Friday, June 3 from 6 to 8 pm. Tickets will go on sale in the cafeteria for $1, starting May 19. We need the following support from parents.

  1. We need volunteers to sell tickets during lunch periods from 10:30 am to 12:45 pm May 19 to 20, May 24 to 27 and June 1 to 3. Please sign up here.
  2. We need monetary support to cover the events costs. We have raised $750 from local businesses and need to raise about $1,250 more to fully fund the event. Our kids missed a 6th grade graduation ceremony, spent their first year in middle school mostly virtual and will be going to their first “normal” middle school social event with this 8th grade dance. The planning committee made a deliberate decision to sell tickets for only $1 to ensure the event is inclusive for all 8th grade students. If you are able, please contribute through MemberHub. Select the $25 donation or the custom donation for the Summer Glow – 8th Grade Dance. We appreciate any donation.
  1. We need in-kind donations of soda and snacks as well as volunteers to help set up, chaperone and cleanup. Please sign up here.
Next PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on May 24, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings.

If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm May 24. Parents of rising 7th graders are welcome.

Community Sports Opportunity

The Pioneer Legends 13U and 14U baseball teams will engage in significant player development this upcoming fall season, beginning in August, and carrying through to November 2022.

Every week, players will meet with former UVA pitcher, Hughes Page, for small group pitching instruction and with Minor League player, Vaughn Parker, for small group hitting instruction. Players will also participate in one team practice weekly. The teams will travel to top tournament destinations, as well as play at top universities in addition to other traditional travel league play. Come join us for some quality coaching, quality baseball, and wonderful memories.

Please contact Ed Archer at [email protected] for more details.

Register your player for tryouts here: https://bit.ly/3N8P7Ig

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SOL Updates

On Monday, May 16, 2022, all Twain students will be taking their Math SOL. Please help your student by making sure they bring their fully charged laptop to school on Monday.

PTA Updates Summer Glow – 8th Grade Dance

The 8th Grade Dance is Friday, June 3 from 6 to 8 pm. Tickets will go on sale in the cafeteria for $1, starting May 19. We need the following support from parents.

  1. We need volunteers to sell tickets during lunch periods from 10:30 am to 12:45 pm May 19 to 20, May 24 to 27 and June 1 to 3. Please sign up here.
  2. We need monetary support to cover the events costs. We have raised $750 from local businesses and need to raise about $1,250 more to fully fund the event. Our kids missed a 6th grade graduation ceremony, spent their first year in middle school mostly virtual and will be going to their first “normal” middle school social event with this 8th grade dance. The planning committee made a deliberate decision to sell tickets for only $1 to ensure the event is inclusive for all 8th grade students.

If you are able, please contribute through MemberHub. Select the $25 donation or the custom donation for the Summer Glow – 8th Grade Dance. We appreciate any donation.

  1. We need in-kind donations of soda and snacks as well as volunteers to help set up, chaperone and cleanup. Please sign up here.
Next PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on May 24, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings.

If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm May 24. Parents of rising 7th graders are welcome.

Staff of the Month

Nominate someone you think is deserving!

As a reminder, each month, the administration and the PTA jointly recognize an outstanding teacher or staff member at Twain. The honoree receives an awesome certificate, a $25 gift card and an amazing parking spot close to the building. It’s just a small way to say thank you to our fantastic teachers and staff members who go that extra mile.

2021-22 Yearbooks

Yearbooks should arrive at Twain MS sometime after May 21st. An announcement will be made when they arrive. Therefore, photos can no longer be submitted to be placed in the yearbook. Yearbooks still can be ordered by going to the following website: www.yearbookordercenter.com

Need Help with Your Order? Toll Free: 866-287-3096

Email: [email protected]

Customer Support: Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).

Please be sure to use Twain's code #: 8606

Lost Laptops and Chargers

At the end of the school year all students will be responsible for returning their laptop and charger.  When students lose an FCPS provided laptop or charger they are responsible for replacing them. 

Replacement fee for lost computer equipment:

  • Dell 3310 Laptop Computer ($481.00)
  • Dell 3310 Charger ($23) 

Replacement fees can be paid either through:

  • MySchoolBucks - https://www.myschoolbucks.com/
  • Check - Bring in a check to Twain’s Main Office made payable to “Twain Middle School”.  Write the Student ID# on the Memo line.

Once a student pays the replacement fee, we will provide them a new charger or laptop. Please do not purchase a replacement charger through outside stores or vendors. 

We will not be providing replacement cases when students lose their case.  You can purchase affordable cases through different retail stores.

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PTA Updates Thank You, Twain Parents!

Staff Appreciation Week 2022 is a wrap! Thank you for your generosity in providing monetary donations, in-kind donations and especially those who donated their time to get everything ready for our gold medal Twain Staff. Our Twain teachers, staff and bus drivers know how much we value them and their hard work throughout the year.

8th Grade Dance Help

The 8th Grade Dance is June 3 from 6 to 8 pm. More information is coming soon. For now, we need volunteers to sell tickets during lunch periods from 10:30 am to 12:45 pm May 19 to 20, May 24 to 27 and June 1 to 3. Please sign up here.

Next PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on May 24, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings.

If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm May 24. Parents of rising 7th graders are welcome.

SOL Updates

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022 all Twain students will take their Reading Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessment. Please help your student by making sure they bring their fully charged laptop to school on Tuesday.

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Special Edition - Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments

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SOL Testing Begins This Week

Beginning on Wednesday, May 4 students will take either two or three SOL Assessments over the next several weeks depending on their grade level. Students should shut down and fully charge their laptop each night before SOL testing and bring their charger with them for each SOL test.

On these days we will operate on a modified bell schedule that has students report to their 4th Period Learning Seminar for the first three hours of the day, after which they will go to their other even class periods.

*To balance instructional minutes the final three blocks of the day will be on the following rotation:

May 4: 4th, 6th, 2nd, 8th

May 10: 4th, 8th, 6th, 2nd

May 16: 4th, 2nd, 8th, 6th

 

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Dear Edwina Jr. - Twain Theatre’s Spring Musical - starts tonight!

Don’t Miss Twain Theatre’s Spring Musical – Dear Edwina Jr. by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler on April 29, April 30, and May 1!  You can purchase your tickets in advanced online or at the door before the performance (while they last)!

Performances are:

April 29 - 7:00 pm

April 30 - 2:00 and 7:00 pm

May 1 - 2:00 pm

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mr. Scaros at [email protected]

Click the show title to purchase your tickets for Twain’s Spring Musical: Dear Edwina Jr.

SOL Test Retake Permission

The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (where 400 is passing).

Parent permission is required for any retests in grades 3-8. If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test, please complete this permission form. A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record. For questions please contact our School Testing Coordinator, Zachary Rogstad, at [email protected] or 703-313-3808.

PTA Updates

Show Your Appreciation to our Gold Medal Twain Staffers. We have a great week planned to say thank you to wonderful Twain Staff and Teachers. But we are in desperate need of parent volunteers to help set up the refueling station of desserts and coffee on Tuesday and help with lunch on Wednesday. You can sign up here.

If you have questions about what’s involved, please contact Mollee Hansen at [email protected].

 

2021-22 Yearbooks

Yearbooks should arrive at Twain MS sometime after May 21st. An announcement will be made when they arrive. Therefore, photos can no longer be submitted to be placed in the yearbook. Yearbooks still can be ordered by going to the following website: www.yearbookordercenter.com

Need Help with Your Order? Toll Free: 866-287-3096 Email: [email protected] Customer Support: Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST). 

Please be sure to use Twain's code #: 8606

Lost Laptops and Chargers

At the end of the school year all students will be responsible for returning their laptop and charger.  When students lose an FCPS provided laptop or charger they are responsible for replacing them. 

Replacement fee for lost computer equipment:

  • Dell 3310 Laptop Computer ($481.00)
  • Dell 3310 Charger ($23) 

Replacement fees can be paid either through:

  • MySchoolBucks - https://www.myschoolbucks.com/
  • Check - Bring in a check to Twain’s Main Office made payable to “Twain Middle School”.  Write the Student ID# on the Memo line.

Once a student pays the replacement fee, we will provide them a new charger or laptop. Please do not purchase a replacement charger through outside stores or vendors. 

We will not be providing replacement cases when students lose their case.  You can purchase affordable cases through different retail stores.

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After School Program Survey

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program but they help drive program improvement and program quality. This Survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal Approval Number 22224. 

Over 90% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 21,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program!

Survey window April 18-22, 2022. All survey responses are due by April 22, 2022.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2SY3BV

Car Wash Odyssey of the Mind

Twain’s Odyssey of the Mind Team is holding a car wash on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The team is raising money to attend the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Iowa in May. Please come out to support the Team and get your vehicle cleaned! All donations are welcomed.

Lost Laptops and Chargers

At the end of the school year all students will be responsible for returning their laptop and charger.  When students lose an FCPS provided laptop or charger they are responsible for replacing them. 

Replacement fee for lost computer equipment:

  • Dell 3310 Laptop Computer ($481.00)
  • Dell 3310 Charger ($23) 

Replacement fees can be paid either through:

  • MySchoolBucks - https://www.myschoolbucks.com/
  • Check - Bring in a check to Twain’s Main Office made payable to “Twain Middle School”.  Write the Student ID# on the Memo line.

Once a student pays the replacement fee, we will provide them a new charger or laptop. Please do not purchase a replacement charger through outside stores or vendors. 

We will not be providing replacement cases when students lose their case.  You can purchase affordable cases through different retail stores.

PTA Updates Show Your Appreciation to our Gold Medal Twain Staffers

Say thank you to teachers and staff for an amazing year at Twain Middle School during Appreciation Week (May 2 to 6).

The PTA helps to coordinate giving gift cards. You can donate to the PTA online by selecting either the $15 or $25 Staff Appreciation item. The PTA will purchase the gift cards and distribute them on Monday, May 2.

We also need volunteers to staff the appreciation week events or donate “goodies.” Sign up here.

Spring Picture Day

Spring Picture Day is almost here! Twain Spring pictures will be taken on April 26 and 27. Parent volunteers are needed to assist.  Duties include helping check students in, ensuring that students have the correct forms and making sure lines move smoothly. Your help is greatly appreciated! Click here to sign up for a shift to help.

Staff of the Month

Nominate someone you think is deserving!

As a reminder, each month, the administration and the PTA jointly recognize an outstanding teacher or staff member at Twain. The honoree receives an awesome certificate, a $25 gift card and an amazing parking spot close to the building. It’s just a small way to say thank you to our fantastic teachers and staff members who go that extra mile!

Next PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on April 26, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings.

If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm April 26. Parents of rising 7th graders are welcome.

Twain Theatre’s Spring Musical

Don’t Miss Twain Theatre’s Spring Musical – Dear Edwina Jr. by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler on April 29, April 30, and May 1!  You can purchase your tickets in advanced online or at the door before the performance (while they last)!

Performances are:

April 29 - 7:00 pm

April 30 - 2:00 and 7:00 pm

May 1 - 2:00 pm

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mr. Scaros at [email protected]

Click the show title to purchase your tickets for Twain’s Spring Musical: Dear Edwina Jr.

SOL Test Retake Permission

The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (where 400 is passing).

Parent permission is required for any retests in grades 3-8. If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test, please complete this permission form. A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record. For questions please contact our School Testing Coordinator, Zachary Rogstad, at [email protected] or 703-313-3808.

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Share your Twain Experiences

As we plan for next year, we are requesting feedback from parents and students about their experiences at Twain Middle School.  Your input is valuable to us as we refine our policies and procedures to provide the best learning environment for all our Twain students. Thank you for completing the survey below by Monday, April 18, 2022. 

Twain Survey

Twain Theatre’s Spring Musical

Don’t Miss Twain Theatre’s Spring Musical – Dear Edwina Jr. by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler on April 29, April 30, and May 1!  You can purchase your tickets in advanced online or at the door before the performance (while they last)!

Performances are:

April 29 - 7:00 pm

April 30 - 2:00 and 7:00 pm

May 1 - 2:00 pm

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mr. Scaros at [email protected]

Click the show title to purchase your tickets for Twain’s Spring Musical: Dear Edwina Jr.

 

PTA Updates Show Your Appreciation to our Gold Medal Twain Staffers

Say thank you to teachers and staff for an amazing year at Twain Middle School during Appreciation Week (May 2 to 6).

The PTA helps to coordinate giving gift cards. You can donate to the PTA online by selecting either the $15 or $25 Staff Appreciation item. The PTA will purchase the gift cards and distribute them on Monday, May 2.

We also need volunteers to staff the appreciation week events or donate “goodies.” Sign up here.

Spring Picture Day

Spring Picture Day is almost here! Twain Spring pictures will be taken on April 26 and 27. Parent volunteers are needed to assist.  Duties include helping check students in, ensuring that students have the correct forms and making sure lines move smoothly. Your help is greatly appreciated! Click here to sign up for a shift to help.

Become a PTA Officer for the 2022-23 School Year

The current PTA executive officers will NOT be returning next year. We need volunteers to take on the following positions:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Volunteer Coordinator

For additional information on these, please email [email protected].

Next PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on April 26, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings.

SOL Test Retake Permission

The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (400 is passing).

Parent permission is required for any retests in grades 3-8. If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test, please complete this permission form. A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record. For questions please contact our School Testing Coordinator, Zachary Rogstad, at [email protected] or 703-313-3808.

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Calendar Reminders

April 4 – 8 – Spring Break – School Closed

April 11 – 4th Quarter Begins – Odd Day (Periods 1, 3, 5, 7)

Twain Office

Twain’s main office is closed April 4 through 8, 2022. The office will reopen on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 7:00 am.

VIP Summer Camp Opportunity for Mark Twain students!

To all Parents/ Guardians and students. Twain’s VIP Summer Camp will be at Sandburg Middle School from June 29 through July 28 from 8 am to 4 pm daily. The registration link is below. There is a $50 registration fee for VIP Summer Camp with additional fees for field trips.  Questions, please contact Mr. Dominic Amato at [email protected] or 703-313-3815.

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdioFWtGyKkZcNGnRxZXAnLEfa5SmEnJAxgCzkJaN1Df5UrAg/viewform

PTA Updates Show Your Appreciation to our Gold Medal Twain Staffers

Say thank you to teachers and staff for an amazing year at Twain Middle School during Appreciation Week (May 2 to 6). The PTA helps to coordinate giving gift cards. You can donate to the PTA online by selecting either the $15 or $25 Staff Appreciation item.  The PTA will purchase the gift cards and distribute them on Monday, May 2.

We also need volunteers to staff the appreciation week events or donate “goodies.” Sign up here.

What’s for Dinner?

Plan on Kumo Asian Bistro for dinner on April 12. Dine in or carry out. Mention Twain PTA or include Twain PTA in the comments section when ordering online. Kumo Asian Bistro is located at 7025 #F Manchester Blvd Alexandria, VA 22310.

Become a PTA Officer for the 2022-23 School Year

The current PTA executive officers will NOT be returning next year. We need volunteers to take on the following positions:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Volunteer Coordinator

For additional information on these, please email [email protected].

Have a wonderful Spring Break!

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Calendar Reminder

Thursday, March 31 – 3rd Quarter Ends – 2-Hour Early Release at 12:15 pm

Friday, April 1 – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8 – Spring Break – School Closed

Monday, April 11 – 4th Quarter Begins – Odd Day – (Periods 1, 3, 5, 7)

Tiger Night – Tonight! Attend Tiger Night

Join us for Tiger Night, Friday, March 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. There will be food trucks, socializing with friends, games, music and spirit wear on sale. This event is intended for Twain students (including rising 7th graders) and their families. See food preorder information below.

Preordering Food

There will be two food trucks at the event serving dinner entrees. You have the option of buying food at the event or preordering. Menu information and instructions are below. 

Cactus Taqueria
  1. Go to: https://www.goodfynd.com/vendors/cactus-taqueria
  2. If you don’t already have a Goodfynd account, you will be prompted to create one or login with your Google account.
  3. Click on Event - Twain Night 25 March 5-7
  4. Click your preferred pick-up time between 5-7.
  5. Select desired items and click “Add to Order”
  6. Click check out. Complete the details section (payment info). Enter your cell number to get alerts when your meal is ready.
  7. Review and then click SUBMIT
Hangry Panda
  1. Go to this site: https://hangrypanda.square.site/
  2. Click on Preorder
  3. Add menu items
  4. Click “CHOOSE LOCATION" Twain Night
  5. BE SURE to CONFIRM your scheduled pick-up date and your “pickup location”...
  6. Click the “clock" icon to choose your preferred pick-up time.
  7. Select desired items and click “Add to Order”
  8. Click check out. Complete the details section (payment info). Enter your cell number to get alerts when your meal is ready.
  9. Review and then click SUBMIT
PTA Updates Next PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on March 29, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings. If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm March 29. Parents of rising 7th graders are welcome.

2022-23 PTA Officers

The current executive of PTA officers will NOT be returning next year. We need volunteers to take on the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Volunteer Coordinator

We’ll provide additional information on these roles during the PTA meeting on March 29. If you are interested or just a curious, please email [email protected].

Show Your Appreciation to our Gold Medal Twain Staffers

May 2 to 6 is staff appreciation week. We need your help to show your appreciation for our incredible staff.

  1. Volunteer to staff one of the appreciation week events or donate “goodies” for our staff. Sign up here.
  2. Donate money through Twain PTA MemberHub to purchase gift cards for staff. You send the tax-deductible donation to the PTA and we buy and present the gift cards on Wednesday, May 4.

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Tiger Night is this Friday! Attend

Join us for Tiger Night Friday, March 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. There will be food trucks, socializing with friends, games, music and spirit wear on sale. This event is intended for Twain students (including rising 7th graders) and their families. See food preorder information below.

Support

We still need a few volunteers to help with a variety of tasks. It’s a great way to get to know other parents. Sign up here.

Preorder Food

There will be two food trucks at the event serving dinner entrees. You have the option of buying food at the event or preordering. Menu information and instructions are below. If you have any additional questions, contact Maria Miller at [email protected].

Cactus Taqueria
  1. Go to: https://www.goodfynd.com/vendors/cactus-taqueria
  2. If you don’t already have a Goodfynd account, you will be prompted to create one or login with your Google account.
  3. Click on Event - Twain Night 25 March 5-7
  4. Click your preferred pick-up time between 5-7.
  5. Select desired items and click “Add to Order”
  6. Click check out. Complete the details section (payment info). Enter your cell number to get alerts when your meal is ready.
  7. Review and then click SUBMIT
Hangry Panda
  1. Go to this site: https://hangrypanda.square.site/
  2. Click on Preorder
  3. Add menu items
  4. Click “CHOOSE LOCATION" Twain Night
  5. BE SURE to CONFIRM your scheduled pick-up date and your “pickup location”...
  6. Click the “clock" icon to choose your preferred pick-up time.
  7. Select desired items and click “Add to Order”
  8. Click check out. Complete the details section (payment info). Enter your cell number to get alerts when your meal is ready.
  9. Review and then click SUBMIT

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Attendance: 703.313.3737 | After-School Program: 703.313.3711
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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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IB MYP International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

Over the last several weeks we shared our IB MYP policies. These policies show what we honor and believe codify the culture of our schools. In the MYP all students receive instruction via the IB framework. Our fifth and final policy is Assessment.

Check out Twain’s website for more information on the IB Middle Years Programme.

Assessment Policy

Ramadan

This year, Ramadan will be observed from the beginning of April to the beginning of May. We have many students at Twain who will be fasting and some may prefer to not spend their lunch period in the cafeteria. During this month of Ramadan, Twain Staff members will host any student who is fasting and looking for an alternative location during their lunch. Any student interested in an alternative location for lunch should report to Student Services at the beginning of their lunch period (instead of the cafeteria) where they will find the location of the classroom they can report to.

PTA Updates Attend Tiger Night

Join us for Tiger Night next Friday, March 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. There will be food trucks, socializing with friends, games, music and spirit wear on sale. This event is intended for Twain students (including rising 7th graders) and their families. Look for information on pre-ordering food next week.

Like the Twain PTA page on Facebook to get information on pre-ordering food for the event. Please RSVP for the event here. It helps to spread the word.

Support Tiger Night

We need volunteers to help with variety of tasks. It’s a great way to get to know other parents. Sign up here.

Staff of the Month

Nominate someone you think is deserving! As a reminder, each month, the administration and the PTA jointly recognize an outstanding teacher or staff member at Twain. The honoree receives an awesome certificate, a $25 gift card and an amazing parking spot close to the building. It’s just a small way to say thank you to our fantastic teachers and staff members who go that extra mile!

Nominations for the January Staff Member of the Month close on 3/25/2022 at 8 pm.

Next PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on March 29, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings. If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm March 29. Parents of rising 7th graders are welcome.

2022-23 PTA Officers

The current executive of PTA officers will NOT be returning next year. We need volunteers to take on the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Volunteer Coordinator

We’ll provide additional information on these roles during the PTA meeting on March 29. If you are interested or just a curious, please email [email protected].

Calendar Reminders

Thursday, March 31 – 3rd Quarter Ends – 2 hour Early Release

Friday, April 1 – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8 – Spring Break – School Closed

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Attendance: 703.313.3737 | After-School Program: 703.313.3711
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