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April 21 – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday
After School Program
Twain’s After School Program will be limited the week of April 17. Some clubs and programs will not meet. Open Gym, Intramural Sports, Homework Club and Game Room will not meet April 17 – 20. Other clubs will meet on a club-by-club basis which will be announced at the beginning of each lunch period next week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we look forward to getting back to a full program on Monday, April 24, 2023.
Spring Pictures at Twain will be Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26. Students will take pictures during their Health and Physical Education Classes.
Join the Twain PTA
Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year. Now’s the time to JOIN!!
General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm. Be on the lookout for the link next week!
Each month, the administration and the PTA jointly recognize an outstanding teacher or staff member at Twain. The honoree receives a certificate, a $25 Amazon 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! Click here to nominate!
Want to help with Staff Appreciation Week? Be on the nominating committee for next school year's PTA Board? Or just want to help during other events scheduled for the rest of the year? Email Linda Pinkney at [email protected]and let her know you’d love to join us! WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!
Would you like to be on the Twain PTA next year??
Send an email to [email protected]. Would love to get some diversity among the PTA Board! We don't want the PTA to end - please consider volunteering!!
Staff Appreciation Week!
Monday, May 1st to Friday, May 5th
The PTA is sponsoring a delicious week worth of sweet/salty treats, gift cards, and a yummy catered lunch on the 5th. Below is the signup genius for items we need YOUR help with! Please take a look and help support our amazing teachers & staff during this fantastic week!
Sign up HERE.
Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments
Twain Middle School students will be taking SOLS on the dates listed below. Parents/Guardians can help students be successful by minimizing their absences on these dates and insuring they are well rested.
Wednesday, May 3 – Reading (7th and 8th grade)
Wednesday, May 17 – Math (All math courses)
Tuesday, May 23 – Science (8th grade only)
Nominate a Teacher of the Year
Northern Virginia Magazine is extending its deadline to submit nominations for our Teacher of the Year 2023 to Sunday, April 23. This prestigious annual award recognizes the extraordinary educators in our region.
In order to make sure the best teachers within Fairfax County Public Schools are nominated, I am writing to ask if you would be interested in spreading the word in the Fairfax community. The staff at Northern Virginia Magazine wants to make sure your deserving teachers don’t miss out on the opportunity to be honored for their hard work and dedication.
The Teacher of the Year will be awarded $10,000 and be profiled in the October 2023 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, which will also appear on northernvirginiamag.com. Finalists will also be featured in the story. You can see our Teacher of the Year 2022 coverage here.
The survey runs through April 23, and we welcome nominations from school administrators, teachers, parents, students, former students, and the general public. We have also created a media toolkit to help share the poll with faculty and families.
If you have any questions, please contact Michele Kettner via email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-230-2987.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
People ages 12-34 are at the highest risk for rape and sexual assault (RAINN). The majority of sexual assault victims are under the age of 30. One out of every six American women have been the victim/survivor of an attempted or completed sexual assault. One out of every ten males are sexual assault victims (RAINN).
Alcohol can play a part in sexual assault. Alcohol reduces inhibitions and alcohol consumption by perpetrators and victims tends to co-occur, meaning, when one of them is drinking, the other one is generally drinking as well. At least one half of all violent crimes involve the use of alcohol. Although a person’s alcohol consumption is one risk factor for sexual assault, they are in no way responsible for what happened to them.
Sexual violence of any type or unwanted sexual contact, is not okay. This includes words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent.
For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.
Sources & Resources
Alcohol and Sexual Assault
Sexual Violence Statistics
Adverse Childhood Experiences
FCPS Title IX
Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol
For further Information & support:
Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
4700 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310 | Main: 703.313.3700
Attendance: 703.313.3737 | After-School Program: 703.313.3711
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