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Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5 – Labor Day Holiday – School Closed

Back to School Night

Dear Twain Community:

Twain will be hosting a virtual Back to School Night on September 8th beginning at 6:30 pm.  A link to our webinar will be sent a couple of days before the event.  We will host a brief introduction to Twain and the Administrative staff followed by instruction on how to access individual videos from your student(s) teachers.

We realize that many of you would prefer an in-person event.  Please know that the decision to be virtual needed to be made over the summer when it was predicted that COVID transmission levels would be high during this early Fall time.  We made the decision to be virtual at that time to limit the exposure of our teachers and community.  We look forward to other community events throughout the year in which our parents may have the opportunity to meet our staff in-person. 

Sincerely,

Chuck Miller

Principal

Early Checkout Procedures

If your student needs to check out early (due to doctor’s appointments, etc.) parents/guardians should send a note with their student. The student will give the note to the main office when they arrive at school. A pass will be issued by the attendance assistant.

The note should state the student’s full name, reason for dismissal, time of dismissal, and a phone number where the parent/guardian can be reached during the day.

The pass allows the student to go to the main office at the appointed time. Your student will then be permitted to wait for you in the lobby with their belongings, thus avoiding delays to locate the student.

Any student leaving early must be signed out in the early dismissal log in the main office. Please be prepared to show photo identification (every time) to the main office staff. No student is allowed to leave school grounds without properly checking out. This includes during lunch periods and breaks. Students may only leave with those persons designated by the registering parent signature on the emergency care card.  No one under the age of 18 may transport a child from the school.

PTA Updates

Welcome back for another fantastic year Mark Twain Friends & Family!

We're looking forward to hosting more in-person events such as Tiger Night! Stay tuned for upcoming details

Become a PTA member! Individual memberships are $20, and Family memberships are $30. These funds help support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs; and building an inclusive school community for all families! 

Join here!  https://mtms.memberhub.com/store

AVID Car Wash

Please come out and support our AVID students on Saturday, September 17, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will be washing cars and selling concessions while you wait, so let us scrub-a-dub-dub while you eat some grub! All donations will be going towards our college field trips this year.

 

Student Laptops

All students have been provided a laptop to complete instructional activities in the class and at home.  Students are responsible for reporting issues with the laptop and will be responsible to pay for a lost laptop or charger.

Student Procedures with Laptops

Students are expected to do the following with their FCPS provided laptop:

  • Take it home and bring it back to school daily.
  • The laptop should be charged at home.  Students should bring a fully charged laptop when they arrive at school. 
  • Loaners are not provided when a student forgets their laptop. 
  • Students should talk to a teacher when they are having issues with their laptop. 

Technology Support for Students and Parents

Parents and Students can visit this site for support at home.  This link also provides directions for submitting a Parent or Student Support ticket https://www.fcps.edu/technology-support-families

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. 

Screen Activity Report for Parents What is it?

Parents can submit a request for a weekly email report with a summary of their child’s FCPS device Internet activity.

How can parents get access?

Parents can simply submit a request on the Tech Support for Families page https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/technology-support-families

What will parents need to provide?

Before submitting a request, parents/guardians will need the enrolling parent email address on-file in our Student Information System, as well as the Student ID for their child.

How can parents learn more about what is available?

For more information about the report and additional features available to parents, please visit the Lightspeed Parent Report information page https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/lightspeed-parent-reports

 

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9 and 10, at West Springfield HS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.  *Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. The Credit Exam requires students to write multiple well-developed essays about personal experiences using complete sentences and at least three cohesive paragraphs. Students earn credit based on the level of proficiency demonstrated by their writing.

Registration will open on September 6 and close on October 6 at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. Students can register for the WLCE with their School Counselor. More information on the WLCE can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5 – Labor Day Holiday – School Closed

Thursday, September 8 – Virtual Back to School Night

Monday, September 26 - Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

Fall Portraits Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31

Students have been given order forms this week in their Health and Physical Education class. Pictures will be taken during student's PE Class on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Physical Education Uniforms

Uniforms are on sale now through MySchool Bucks and will be distributed through your students' HPE classes during the second week of school on Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1. Please send in a copy of your MySchool Bucks receipt or a check for the exact amount made payable to Mark Twain Middle School. Prices have increased a bit for all articles of clothing and are as follows… 

  • Shirts are $7.00 
  • Shorts are $8.00 
  • Shirt and Short sets are $15
  • HPE Joggers are $19

Students are not required to wear a uniform; however, they do need to wear clothing they can move in and sneakers to participate in physical activities. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa McGarry if your student is in the 8th grade or Luwanne Mebane if your student is in the 7th grade.

TJHSST Eligibility Requirements- Time Sensitive

All 8th grade students interested in applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (TJHSST) must meet certain eligibility requirements for residency, course prerequisites, and grade point average. Details about the TJHSST eligibility requirements are found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions/eligibility-requirements. If your child has any interest in applying, please visit the site immediately to confirm their eligibility. Any course changes needed to meet these minimum requirements must be made by Thursday, September 1, and are based on space availability. For more information about the admissions process as a whole, please visit the TJHSST admissions site: https://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions.

4700 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310  |  Main: 703.313.3700
Attendance: 703.313.3737 | After-School Program: 703.313.3711
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