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Returning In-Person Student Orientation

Students remaining virtual all year, should not attend this session. All 8th Grade students returning to Twain In-Person should attend the orientation on Monday, February 22 at 1:00 pm. All 7th grade students returning to Twain In-Person should attend the orientation on Monday, March 1 at 1:00 pm. The link can be found in Schoology > All Students > Collaborate Ultra.

Information Session for Parents/ Guardians of 7th Grade In-Person Students

Parent/Guardians of 7th grade students who are returning to In-Person Learning are invited to attend this information session on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00 pm

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/62d441240a9b4b2eb454db9db875581e

Twain MS 7th grade students who have elected to attend school in-person will return the week of March 9:

  • Students with the last name A to K attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Students with the last name L to Z attend on Thursdays and Fridays

On the days students are not In-Person, they will continue virtual instruction from home.

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As many students return to in-person instruction, parents and caregivers are asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) re-enter school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) or via hard copy.

Twain’s Library News

As many of our students return to school over the next several weeks, the Twain MS library will be continuing our Monday (and alternate Thursday evening) curbside book checkout service while also adding an option for classroom delivery of library materials to in-person students.

Currently, all students can request print books by placing a “hold” on them through our online catalog, Destiny Discover and picking them up during Curbside Checkout hours. Students who will be returning to Twain for in-person classes will now have the additional option of requesting delivery of the requested books to their English classes.

To facilitate this process for both curbside and in-person delivery, students who have reserved print books or Playaway audiobook devices for checkout must fill out the new Twain MS Library Print Books Delivery & Curbside Service Google form each time they place a hold on physical items for checkout from the library. This Google form will be available in the Library Schoology Course and on Twain’s Website Library page.

Completing the new form will not be required to access our eBooks and digital audiobooks, which continue to remain available “on demand” 24/7 online through MackinVIA or our other FCPS eBook databases.

Students and parents are encouraged to contact the Twain Librarians, Mr. Campana and Mrs. Howard, for additional information.  Remember, our main priority is to make sure all students have equitable access to books. Happy reading!

Transition Corner

Rising 7th and 8th Grade Parents:

Rising 7th and 8th Grade Elective Forms are due TODAY!

  • Please make sure these are submitted as soon as possible
  • Mock schedules are due to be mailed the week of March 1st
    • Any corrections/updates will need to be submitted by March 12th
      • We will provide a QR code to make any necessary changes to the mock schedule

Rising 9th Grade Parents:

**Please be sure to subscribe to your school’s News You Choose messages for the most up-to-date information about transitioning to high school – you can do that here**

***links to each school’s website is also provided, which is also a great source to keep apprised of all transition events and activities***

Lewis High School

  • February 1st – School Counselors met with Lewis-bound 9th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year (course selection sheets were due to Ms. Pilotti by February 15th)

Hayfield Secondary School

  • February 8th – School Counselors met with Hayfield-bound 9th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year (course selection sheets should be turned into Ms. Pilotti by March 1st)

Edison High School

  • February 18th – IB Overview for Parents (recording of event should be available soon)
  • February 19th – Students were provided an overview of class options and the course selection process through 4th period today
  • February 24th – Parent Curriculum Night (time: 7pm)
  • February 24th or 26th – Students will meet virtually with school counselors to review and select courses for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Are you considering transferring to a different high school? Check out FCPS’ Student Transfer page here for information about the types of transfers available, the application process (including the cost associated), and the timeline to submit a transfer application.

*If you are considering a transfer to Edison HS for their International Baccalaureate Programme, please first schedule a meeting with their IB coordinator, Megan Garnett. Ms. Garnett can be reached via email at megarnett@fcps.edu

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Presidents' Day

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, for the Presidents' Day holiday. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments that day.

New Bell Schedule

Starting on Tuesday, February 16, please note the change to Twain's Bell Schedule. You will see that our start time remains at 7:30 am, but our academic day concludes at 2:00pm - instead of 2:15pm.

Some other items to note:

  • Class time for periods 1-4 and 7 and 8 increases from 80 minutes to 82 minutes
  • Class time for periods 5 & 6 increases from 80 minutes to 90 minutes
  • Time in between class periods decreases from 15 minutes to 8 minutes
  • Lunch time for all students decreases from 55 minutes to 30 minutes
PTA Updates

The February PTA meeting will be Tuesday, Feb 16 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held on Zoom and the link will be sent out beforehand. Topics this month include discussion of a fun upcoming Family Challenge and future events. 

Spirit Wear: This week use the code LAYER21 and receive 20% off any order $50 or more!!! This is the best offer yet from 1st Place Spiritwear and they have some new sweatshirt designs to keep you warm.

Need a last-minute gift for your Valentine? Be sure to look at the PTA's MemberHub site for discounted gift cards for gifts and restaurants. The Twain PTA receives a percentage back from every purchase and you get a discount. 

https://mtms.memberhub.store/store?category=Sponsors

Want to be more hands-on in helping the staff and students at Twain?  The PTA needs parents to help on the Board next Fall. Please email Cori Bitterman, PTA President, at mtmspresident@gmail.com.

Information Session for Parents / Guardians of 8th Grade In-Person Students

Parent/Guardians of 8th grade students who are returning to In-Person Learning are invited to attend this information session on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00 pm

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/8d926f5587ba4be0ae8fc5102d208a07

Twain MS 8th grade students who have elected to attend school in-person will return the week of March 2:

  • Students with the last name A to K attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Students with the last name L to Z attend on Thursdays and Fridays

On the days students are not In Person, they will continue virtual instruction from home.

 

How to Talk with Your Child About Race

Edison Pyramid Principals have partnered with our respective PTA’s to provide parents in the Edison Community an opportunity to meet virtually with Dr. Joseph Williams from the University of Virginia (UVa) to discuss the benefits of talking to children about race and racism. Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education and is affiliated with the UVa Center for Race and Public Education in the South. If you are interested in learning more about how to speak to your child about topics around race and culture that may be uncomfortable, difficult, or highly emotional please join us to find out about some of the recommended best practices from Dr. Williams.

Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2020

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to participate, please sign up using this Google Form as space is limited: https://forms.gle/xvYvuNC13eqUaNEr5

A link to the meeting will be sent to those who have registered in advance.

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New Bell Schedule

Starting on Tuesday, February 16, please note the change to Mark Twain's Bell Schedule. You will see that our start time remains at 7:30am, but our academic day concludes at 2:00pm - instead of 2:15pm.

Some other items to note:

  • Class time for periods 1-4 and 7 and 8 increases from 80 minutes to 82 minutes
  • Class time for periods 5 & 6 increases from 80 minutes to 90 minutes
  • Time in between class periods decreases from 15 minutes to 8 minutes
  • Lunch time for all students decreases from 55 minutes to 30 minutes
School Holiday

Monday, February 15 is President's Day. There is no school for students or staff.

Return to School

Families who have opted for In Person instruction will return to school based on the following schedule:

8th Grade students – begin in person instruction the week of March 2

  • Students with the last name A to K attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Students with the last name L to Z attend on Thursdays and Fridays

7th Grade students – begin in person instruction the week of March 9

  • Students with the last name A to K attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Students with the last name L to Z attend on Thursdays and Fridays

On the days students are not In Person, they will continue virtual instruction from home.

Students attending In Person need to bring the following with them:

  • Laptop and charger
  • Headphones
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Notebook
  • Writing Utensils

This is a reminder that Twain is an Away for the Day School. Students do not use their cell phones while at Twain. Cell phones should be turned off and put away while students are in the building.

PTA News

The Twain Spirit Night for February will be February 9 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at

Haute Dogs & Fries

610 Montgomery Avenue

Alexandria, VA

The next PTA Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. The link will be sent out before the meeting.

2021-22 Transition Corner

Rising 7th and 8th Grade Parents:

February 10, 2021

6pm – 7pm:

  • Rising 7th and 8th Grade Program (appropriate for all parents of rising 7th and 8th graders)
    • Presentation from teachers representing all subject areas
    • Overview of the course selection process for the 2021-22 School Year

 

7pm – 8pm:

Rising 9th Grade Parents:

**Please be sure to subscribe to your school’s News You Choose messages for the most up-to-date information about transitioning to high school – you can do that here**

***links to each school’s website is also provided, which is also a great source to keep apprised of all transition events and activities***

Lewis High School

  • February 1st – School Counselors will be virtually meeting with Lewis-bound 9th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Hayfield Secondary School

  • February 8th – School Counselors will be virtually meeting with Hayfield-bound 9th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Edison High School

  • February 18th – 6:30pm - learn about the benefits of the IB program, IB courses offered at Edison, and requirements for the IB Diploma. In addition, students in the program will share their experiences.  Please use this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/67dbaae87d5747038197fe44a1bc326e
  • February 19th – Students will get an overview of course options through 4th period
  • February 24th – Parent Curriculum Night (time: TBD)
  • February 24th or 26th – Students will meet virtually with school counselors to review and select courses for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Are you considering transferring to a different high school? Check out FCPS’ Student Transfer page here for information about the types of transfers available, the application process (including the cost associated), and the timeline to submit a transfer application.

*If you are considering a transfer to Edison HS for their International Baccalaureate Programme, please first schedule a meeting with their IB coordinator, Megan Garnett. Ms. Garnett can be reached via email at megarnett@fcps.edu

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Attendance: 703.313.3737 | After-School Program: 703.313.3711
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New Bell Schedule

Starting on Tuesday, January 16, please note the change to Mark Twain's Bell Schedule. You will see that our start time remains at 7:30am, but our academic day concludes at 2:00pm - instead of 2:15pm.

Some other items to note:

  • Class time for periods 1-4 and 7 and 8 increases from 80 minutes to 82 minutes
  • Class time for periods 5 & 6 increases from 80 minutes to 90 minutes
  • Time in between class periods decreases from 15 minutes to 8 minutes
  • Lunch time for all students decreases from 55 minutes to 30 minutes
School Holiday

Monday, February 15 is President's Day. There is no school for students or staff.

Return to School

Families who have opted for In Person instruction will return to school based on the following schedule:

8th Grade students – begin in person instruction the week of March 2

  • Students with the last name A to K attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Students with the last name L to Z attend on Thursdays and Fridays

7th Grade students – begin in person instruction the week of March 9

  • Students with the last name A to K attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Students with the last name L to Z attend on Thursdays and Fridays

On the days students are not In Person, they will continue virtual instruction from home.

Students attending In Person need to bring the following with them:

  • Laptop and charger
  • Headphones
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Notebook
  • Writing Utensils

This is a reminder that Twain is an Away for the Day School. Students do not use their cell phones while at Twain. Electronic Devices should be turned off and put away while students are in the building.

PTA News

The Twain Spirit Night for February will be February 9 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at

Haute Dogs & Fries

610 Montgomery Avenue

Alexandria, VA

The next PTA Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. The link will be sent out before the meeting.

2021-22 Transition Corner

Rising 7th and 8th Grade Parents:

February 10, 2021

6pm – 7pm:

  • Rising 7th and 8th Grade Program (appropriate for all parents of rising 7th and 8th graders)
    • Presentation from teachers representing all subject areas
    • Overview of the course selection process for the 2021-22 School Year

 

7pm – 8pm:

Rising 9th Grade Parents:

**Please be sure to subscribe to your school’s News You Choose messages for the most up-to-date information about transitioning to high school – you can do that here**

***links to each school’s website is also provided, which is also a great source to keep apprised of all transition events and activities***

Lewis High School

  • February 1st – School Counselors will be virtually meeting with Lewis-bound 9th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Hayfield Secondary School

  • February 8th – School Counselors will be virtually meeting with Hayfield-bound 9th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Edison High School

  • February 18th – 6:30pm - learn about the benefits of the IB program, IB courses offered at Edison, and requirements for the IB Diploma. In addition, students in the program will share their experiences.  Please use this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/67dbaae87d5747038197fe44a1bc326e
  • February 19th – Students will get an overview of course options through 4th period
  • February 24th – Parent Curriculum Night (time: TBD)
  • February 24th or 26th – Students will meet virtually with school counselors to review and select courses for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Are you considering transferring to a different high school? Check out FCPS’ Student Transfer page here for information about the types of transfers available, the application process (including the cost associated), and the timeline to submit a transfer application.

*If you are considering a transfer to Edison HS for their International Baccalaureate Programme, please first schedule a meeting with their IB coordinator, Megan Garnett. Ms. Garnett can be reached via email at megarnett@fcps.edu

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Attendance: 703.313.3737 | After-School Program: 703.313.3711
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Technology Updates

Microsoft Office 365 Activation - The issue with students not being able to activate their Office 365 products on their FCPS issued devices has been resolved. Students that are still receiving a pop up message asking them to activate their Office 365 products need to use their ID@fcps.edu (example: 1234567@fcps.edu) and their most recent FCPS Network Password when prompted.  As an FYI the @fcps.edu accounts for students are NOT mail enabled and are used for the licensing of Microsoft products only.

Laptop updated? - If you visit any FCPS school and connect to the Fairfax Wifi your FCPS issued laptop will receive any updates it has not received while away from Twain.  You can do this at any time from outside any FCPS school.  All FCPS schools have extended Wireless Internet coverage outside the school.  When you visit the school, log on then do a restart.  Log back on and visit your Schoology courses and open up your FCPS Google Apps.  Restart the laptop before you leave the school.  This is another solution to activate your Office 365 products.   

Technology Support Reminder – Students should contact the help desk or submit a ticket when they have issues with their FCPS devices or accounts. 

 PTA News

The Twain Spirit Night for February will be February 9 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at

Haute Dogs & Fries

610 Montgomery Avenue

Alexandria, VA

The next PTA Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. The link will be sent out before the meeting.

 

2021-22 Transition Corner

Rising 7th and 8th Grade Parents:

February 10, 2021

6pm – 7pm:

  • Rising 7th and 8th Grade Program (appropriate for all parents of rising 7th and 8th graders)
    • Presentation from teachers representing all subject areas
    • Overview of the course selection process for the 2021-22 School Year

7pm – 8pm:

  • AVID Information Session (parents of recommended students will be invited, but all are welcome to join)
    • Presentation of the AVID elective class and selection process
    • Student Panel with Q&A to follow
  • Advanced Academic Information Session (appropriate for the parents of Level IV eligible students)
    • Beth Baldwin, Advanced Academic Specialist for Middle Schools will present
    • Student Panel with Q&A to follow

Rising 9th Grade Parents:

**Please be sure to subscribe to your school’s News You Choose messages for the most up-to-date information about transitioning to high school – you can do that here**

***links to each school’s website is also provided, which is also a great source to keep apprised of all transition events and activities***

Lewis High School

  • February 1st – School Counselors will be virtually meeting with Lewis-bound 9th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Hayfield Secondary School

  • February 8th – School Counselors will be virtually meeting with Hayfield-bound 9th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Edison High School

  • February 19th – Students will get an overview of course options through 4th period
  • February 24th or 26th – Students will meet virtually with school counselors to review and select courses for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

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Attendance: 703.313.3737 | After-School Program: 703.313.3711
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Semester 2 Schedules for Students

Today students should check their Gmail accounts where they will find an email that lists their 2nd semester classes due to start on Tuesday, January 26th. There will also be instructions on how to reorganize their new classes in Schoology. Lastly, there will be a link to a Google Form that students should complete if they find an error on their schedule. This form should only be used in the event that a student was mistakenly placed in the wrong grade level Health & PE class or if they are missing a class.

Next Week’s Schedule

Monday, January 25 – Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

Tuesday, January 26 – 3rd Quarter/2nd Semester Begins

PTA Meeting Updates

Twain’s PTA has changed their meeting dates because they conflicted with Edison's PTA meetings. The meetings will be held at 7:00 pm on Zoom and the link will be sent out to families before the event. Thank you and "see" you there!

Future meeting dates:

February 16

March 23

April 27

May 25

2021-22 Transition Corner

Rising 7th and 8th Grade Parents:

February 10, 2021

6pm – 7pm:

  • Rising 7th and 8th Grade Program (appropriate for all parents of rising 7th and 8th graders)
    • Presentation from teachers representing all subject areas
    • Overview of the course selection process for the 2021-22 School Year

7pm – 8pm:

  • AVID Information Session (parents of recommended students will be invited, but all are welcome to join)
    • Presentation of the AVID elective class and selection process
    • Student Panel with Q&A to follow
  • Advanced Academic Information Session (appropriate for the parents of Level IV eligible students)
    • Beth Baldwin, Advanced Academic Specialist for Middle Schools will present
    • Student Panel with Q&A to follow

Rising 9th Grade Parents:

**Please be sure to subscribe to your school’s News You Choose messages for the most up-to-date information about transitioning to high school – you can do that here**

***links to each school’s website is also provided, which is also a great source to keep apprised of all transition events and activities***

Lewis High School

  • February 1st – School Counselors will be virtually meeting with Lewis-bound 9th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Hayfield Secondary School

  • February 8th – School Counselors will be virtually meeting with Hayfield-bound 9th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

Edison High School

  • February 19th – Students will get an overview of course options through 4th period
  • February 24th or 26th – Students will meet virtually with school counselors to review and select courses for next year (links will be provided to students as we get closer to the event)

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Attendance: 703.313.3737 | After-School Program: 703.313.3711
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Semester 2 Schedules for Students

On the afternoon of January 22nd, students are advised to check their Gmail accounts. There, they will find an email that lists their 2nd semester classes due to start on Tuesday, January 26th. There will also be instructions on how to reorganize their new classes in Schoology. Lastly, there will be a link to a Google Form that students should complete if they find an error on their schedule. This form should only be used in the event that a student was mistakenly placed in the wrong grade level Health & PE class or if they are missing a class.

Rising 7th and 8th grade Transition Night

Save the Date: February 10, 2021

6pm – 7pm:

  • Rising 7th and 8th Grade Program (appropriate for all parents of rising 7th and 8th graders)
    • Presentation from teachers representing all subject areas
    • Overview of the course selection process for the 2021-22 School Year

7pm – 8pm:

  • AVID Information Session (parents of recommended students will be invited, but all are welcome to join)
    • Presentation of the AVID elective class and selection process
    • Student Panel with Q&A to follow
  • Advanced Academic Information Session (appropriate for the parents of Level IV eligible students)
    • Beth Baldwin, Advanced Academic Specialist for Middle Schools will present
    • Student Panel with Q&A to follow
Fairfax Connector Student Bus Pass

Now’s the time to get your Fairfax Connector/Cue student bus pass. Passes are available for all Fairfax County Middle School and High School students in grades 7 – 12. The Student Bus Pass is valid only on Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE busses. The Student Bus Pass is valid from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm, 7 days a week. The consent form  needs to be signed by both the student and a parent/guardian. The signed form should be returned to Melissa Montgomery at MLMontgomery@fcps.edu or dropped off at Twain MS. Students who attend other FCPS middle or high schools should contact their school for more information.

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Schedule Updates

Twain will continue with our current virtual schedule for all students until further notice.

January 11 – Learning Seminar Check in at 8:00 am

January 12-15 – Synchronous Instruction

Monday, January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No School

Tuesday, January 19 – Synchronous Instruction

Wednesday, January 20 – Inauguration Day – No School

Thursday, January 21 – Synchronous Instruction

Friday, January 22 – 2nd Quarter Ends - 2 Hour Early Release

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology Admissions Update        

TJHSST has posted an update to their website calendar, www.tjadmissions.org, announcing the Application Window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. They anticipate additional information will be posted beginning the week of January 11, 2021.

PTA Announcements

Happy New Year Twain Tigers! Get out those new 2021 calendars and warm up those taste buds! Here are our upcoming Spirit Eat Out Nights, starting next week!

January 12: 4 to 8 pm - Ledo Pizza, 5890 Kingstowne Center Drive, Kingstowne. Carry out or pick-up ONLY. Orders can be placed ahead at https://order.ledopizza.com/ or by calling 703-902-2900. Be sure to mention Twain Spirit Night at time of purchase.

Future Spirit Eat Out Nights

February 9: 4 to 8 pm - Haute Dogs and Fries, Alexandria

March 16: 4 to 8 pm - Dishes of India, Belleview Shopping Center

April 13: 4 to 8 PM: Noodles and Company, Kingstowne

May -TBD

June - TBD

Spirit Wear

Start the New Year with new Twain gear!!! Check out our school store featuring brand new designs for 2021! Use the code JAN21 and save 20% off all orders of $60 or more.   https://1stplacespiritwear.com/partner/97166

Hayfield Virtual Curriculum Night Town Hall Q & A

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

7pm to 8pm

The BBCU Links to this event will be shared by 4 pm on January 12. 

*Parents can ask general questions about courses from our subject administrators, department chairs, and select teachers. 

*For the first 10 minutes there will be a brief overview about the format and parents will be able to virtually drop into any department’s BBCU link that they wish for the remainder of the hour.

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Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Monday, January 4 – Students check in 8:00 am in Learning Seminar (4th period)

Tuesday, January 5 – All classes resume virtually

Change to Bell Schedule

Starting on Tuesday, January 12th, please note the change to Mark Twain's Bell Schedule. You will see that our start time remains at 7:30am, but our academic day concludes at 2:00pm - instead of 2:15pm.

Some other items to note:

  • Class time for periods 1-4 and 7 and 8 increases from 80 minutes to 82 minutes
  • Class time for periods 5 & 6 increases from 80 minutes to 90 minutes
  • Time in between class periods decreases from 15 minutes to 8 minutes
  • Lunch time for all students decreases from 55 minutes to 30 minutes

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Attendance: 703.313.3737 | After-School Program: 703.313.3711
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Winter Break is here!

December 21, 2020 through January 1, 2021 – school is closed

Twain's main office will be closed during Winter Break.

Important January Dates

January 4 - Students check in 8:00 am in Learning Seminar (4th period)

January 5 - All classes resume virtually

January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No School

January 20 – Inauguration Day – No School

January 22 – Last day of the 2nd Quarter – 2 Hour Early Release

January 25 – Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

Student Laptops

There are a few things we want you to do over Winter Break to keep your laptop in working order for when you return in 2021:

  • Keep doing restarts!  While you do not need to restart daily, the restarts will keep updates and security features current. 
  • When not in use please make sure it is shut down and safely stored.  Put it in the laptop sleeve provided, stored on a flat surface, and in a safe place.
  • Never let the battery completely drain while the laptop is on.  This can cause certain features to shut off and cause the laptop to not function properly when restarted.
  • The day before you return to class in January turn on the laptop and do a few restarts. 
  • Continue to use our Technology Support for Students and Families page - https://twainms.fcps.edu/about/technology-support-students-and-families
Join the PTA

Our membership numbers are very low compared to non-COVID years. The dues received so far have helped us support the staff of Twain with lunches on working holidays and prizes for virtual contests for the students. We need you help to continue this throughout the year. Please join us to help keep the Twain family connected this year.

https://twainms.fcps.edu/get-involved/parent-teacher-association-pta

 

Thank-You Cards and Letters Needed for Deployed Service Members and Veterans

America’s Adopt a Soldier® program is celebrating the 10th year of its National Care Letter Campaign to honor deployed service members and veterans in state homes and hospitals. Writing letters of appreciation would be a great activity for students and families to engage in during the winter break. Now more than ever, veterans in veterans’ homes and hospitals are feeling isolated. Many have no family or family nearby and eagerly await visits from volunteers. However, these visits have not been possible due to health and safety restrictions resulting from the pandemic.  

Cards and letters will be accepted through Tuesday, December 29, and should be mailed to:

     America’s Adopt a Soldier

     5400 Shawnee Road, Suite 300

     Alexandria, VA 22312

For more information visit: www.americasadoptasoldier.org or call 703-278-3718.

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2nd Quarter Catch Up Days

Tuesday, December 15

Wednesday, December 16

Students attend all classes at the regular time. Teachers will inform students of missing assignments, answer questions and give students an opportunity to catch up.

Winter Break is coming soon!

December 21, 2020 through January 1, 2021- school closed

School resumes virtually with a Learning Seminar (4th period) check in on Monday, January 4, 2021

Important January Dates

January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No School

January 20 – Inauguration Day – No School

January 22 – Last day of the 2nd Quarter – 2 Hour Early Release

January 25 - Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

New employment opportunity!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual. If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Substitutes Needed

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here

Say Yes 2 FCPS!

2021 VA School Climate Survey

The 2021 Virginia Department of Education Climate and Working Conditions Survey for teachers and other staff, and the Department of Criminal Justice Services Student School Climate Survey for Middle Schools will be administered from January 18 to February 5, 2021.  Students in grades 7 and 8 (excluding grade 7 and 8 students in Secondary Schools) are expected to participate in this anonymous survey, unless opted out by a parent or guardian. Information collected from the two surveys is intended to be informational. Schools should use these surveys to ensure all students and staff have access to a healthy, positive school environment in which to learn, work, interact, and grow. Additional information will be emailed to Twain families.

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The PTA Needs Your Help

With the current virtual state of things, the Twain PTA really needs your help to continue to support our families, teachers, and staff. Here are some ways you can help us:

  1. Spirit Wear: Dec 1 - through December 31st, there is a "Buy More Save More" Sale!!! Use the code HOLIDAY2020 to receive the following discounts: 10% off $40, 20% off $60, 30% off $80. Holiday designs and youth masks have been added. Order by Dec 15 to ensure delivery by Christmas!

https://1stplacespiritwear.com/partner/97166

Visit our MemberHub store at https://mtms.new.memberhub.store/store for the following holiday offers that benefit the Twain PTA:

  1. Krispy Kreme: Until Dec 10 get a digital coupon for 1 dozen Original Krispy Kreme doughnuts for $10. Satisfy your doughnut craving and support the Twain PTA at the same time. Sale runs until December 10 or until we have sold 250 coupons. Coupons will be emailed to the purchasers after Dec 10. Please make sure you enter your email and phone when you order so we can contact you.

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  1. Discounted Gift Cards: Save money this holiday season with discounted gift cards to popular stores like Old Navy, Olive Garden, DSW, Bass Pro Shops, and more. Scroll through our store to take advantage of these offers!
  2. Join the PTA! Our membership numbers are very low compared to non-COVID years. The dues received so far have helped us support the staff of Twain with lunches on working holidays and prizes for virtual contests for the students. We need you help to continue this throughout the year. Please join us to help keep the Twain family connected this year.
Dear Community Partner

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is in the beginning stages of developing an ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan which aims to understand and plan for how people travel and access destinations and services by biking, walking, rolling (scooter/wheelchair/stroller), hiking, running and riding in and around their local community and throughout the county. FCDOT wants to know what challenges people are currently experiencing or observing as they actively travel and highlight what improvements they would like to see in the future with safe, convenient and comfortable active travel in mind.

We would like to invite you, or a representative from your organization, to participate in this process as a member of the ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan Community Advisory Group (CAG) to help build community trust and support for the planning process, and assist in empowering the community to provide input while making sure that every voice is heard. We are looking for big and small ideas alike, and are excited to have you help us get there! We are also very much looking forward to aligning our planning efforts with the One Fairfax equity policy every step of the way. Nicole Wynands, the ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan project manager shares more about the ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan process in this brief video – please take a look!

Please let us know if you or someone else from your organization is able to serve in this very important advisory group by sharing your availability. We request that you let us know your availability by Dec. 15, 2020. The group will meet quarterly over the course of the plan development process to provide input and advise the planning team.

Thank you in advance for your support of this effort and we look forward to hearing from. If you have any questions, please let me know!

All the best,

Robin P. Geiger

Head of Communications

Fairfax County Department of Transportation

Direct: 703-877-5602, TTY 711

Cell: 703-826-6457

Fax: 703-877-5723

Centerpoint I, 4th Floor

4050 Legato Road, Suite 400

Fairfax, VA 22033-2895

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Thanksgiving Holiday

School is closed from Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27. No work will be assigned during this time. Enjoy this time with your family!

PTA Updates

Thanksgiving Shopping Spree SNEAK PEEK! Buy a voucher for 1 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts for $10 and support the Twain PTA in the process!

A link will be posted on the Mark Twain MS PTA Facebook page from Thursday, Nov 26 at 8:00PM to Thursday, Dec 10 at Midnight, OR until we reach 250 vouchers sold! First come, first served. Vouchers will be emailed to purchasers after Dec 10 sale closes. GET READY!!!

Spirit Wear: From Monday, November 23rd through Monday, November 30th, Twain families and staff will save 30% off of any order of $60 or more by using the code BLACKFRIDAY2020 at checkout!  https://1stplacespiritwear.com/partner/97166

Mythvestigations

Hi everyone!

We are the Mythvestigations club at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and we would like to invite any interested students at your school to participate in our eighth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present it virtually at a scheduled time slot from March 19 to 21, 2021. Information sessions will be held throughout the year to provide students with guidance on how to create a research project, so we encourage all students regardless of experience to participate.

We would highly appreciate it if you could include the attached flyer about the fair in a weekly newsletter or advertise the event by some other means.  

An interest/brainstorming session will be held on December 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Students should use the link tinyurl.com/2021isf to sign up for the interest session. Additionally, students must register for the fair by December 18. Participants can find more details on the fair and registration forms on our website: tjsciencefair.wordpress.com.

We understand that this year is extremely difficult for students and faculty due to the unfortunate events over the past year, but we hope that hosting a science fair will still provide students a chance to participate in research and apply their interests in science, even outside of a physical classroom.

Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, feel free to email us!

Sincerely,

The TJ Mythvestigations Team

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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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