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Important Dates

Friday, November 1 - First Quarter Ends

Monday, November 4 - Student Holiday / School Planning Day

Tuesday, November 5 - Student Holiday / Teacher Workday / Election Day

Wednesday, November 6 - Monday Schedule - 6th period lunch

Thursday, November 7 - Odd Day Schedule - Advisory

Friday, November 8 - Even Day Schedule - Advisory

Early Checkout Policy

Students who must check out early should provide a note to the front office upon their arrival at school so that a pass may 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.

This pass allows the student to come 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 resulting from having to locate the student. In order to minimize classroom disruptions, it is necessary for parents to plan ahead.

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 Twain’s office staff. No student is allowed to leave school grounds without properly checking out. This includes during lunch and period transitions. 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.

If parents do not send a note, students will be called from their class when the parent arrives in the main office.

Digital Citizenship: Week 4

FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship in October!  At Twain we will be highlighting 5 different themes surrounding Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship with activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use. Students will have a choice board to select at least one activity a week  that matches the weekly theme. Parents can also choose to sign up to receive text messages from Common Sense Media with Tips for Health Tech Balance (for children ages 3-8). 

Every Twain Student will receive a Student Choice Board filled with activities.  We suggest that students complete at least 1 of these activities each week.  (This document must be accessed with an FCPS Google account, it is also posted on our Twain Digital Citizenship Google Classroom.)

Below you’ll find resources and suggested activities to help support healthy habits at home too. 

Week 4: Students and families are encouraged to think critically about the media they consume and actively evaluate and select high quality, age-appropriate media. Try some of these ideas:

  • Help your child become a critical consumer of media by discussing these 5 questions with them when you consume media together such as books, movies, and news articles.
  • Consider Common Sense Media’s reviews of movies, apps, TV shows, video games, websites, and music for information that can help you decide if the media your child is consuming is appropriate for them.
  • Check out this tip sheet with your child and emphasize the importance of choosing quality resources.
  • Try these additional tips on how to establish expectations at home around media use.

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Important Dates

Friday, November 1 - First Quarter Ends

Monday, November 4 - Student Holiday / School Planning Day

Tuesday, November 5 - Student Holiday / Teacher Workday / Election Day

Wednesday, November 6 - Monday Schedule

Thursday, November 7 - Odd Day Schedule - Advisory

Friday, November 8 - Even Day Schedule - Advisory

Chipotle Night

Looking for an easy dinner option and a great way to support Twain’s PTA? Join us on November 12th between 5-9 pm at Chipotle in Kingstowne. Tell the cashier you’re supporting Twain PTA when you order and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to help our school.

Nomination for Staff Member of the Month

Want to recognize an amazing staff member at Twain? Each month the PTA awards one lucky staff member the honor of being named Staff Member of the Month. They are awarded a gift card and the privilege of parking in the Principal’s parking spot for the whole month. Their spotlight will be included in the PTA monthly newsletter. The PTA is currently seeking nominations from parents for outstanding staff members to receive this award in the next coming months. Email Linda Pinkney at mtmspresident@gmail.com with your nominations.

PTA Meeting and Vaping Presentation

The next PTA meeting will include a very special presentation on the dangers of vaping. The PTA is pleased to host this parent-only presentation on this important topic and will welcome two guest speakers, Carrie Mullen, Chief of Government Affairs and Public Relations for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and Kristy Vitter, RN, BSN, MPH, Public Health Nurse, School Health. Please plan now to attend on November 21st at 7:00 PM in the Twain Library. This event is open to all Twain Parents, Guardians, and Staff Members. You do not need to be a PTA member to attend. Parents need to be informed about the dangers, prevalence, and signs of vaping, as well as being equipped with the information to talk with your kids.

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Digital Citizenship - Week 3

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FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship in October!  At Twain we will be highlighting 5 different themes surrounding Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship with activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use. Students will have a choice board to select at least one activity a week that matches the weekly theme. Parents can also choose to sign up to receive text messages from Common Sense Media with Tips for Health Tech Balance (for children ages 3-8). 

 

Every Twain Student will receive a Student Choice Board filled with activities.  We suggest that students complete at least 1 of these activities each week.  (The choice board is posted on our Twain Digital Citizenship Google Classroom)

 

Below you’ll find resources and suggested activities to help support healthy habits at home too. 

 

Week 3: This week, students and families are encouraged to think about how technology can be used to create original works.  Encourage students to favor the active use of technology for creation over passive consumption. Try some of these ideas:

  • Use Common Sense Media’s App Reviews to learn about your child’s favorite games and apps and what you might need to teach them in order to use it safely.
  • As an FCPS student, your child has access to a number of digital tools that promote creativity including the G Suite including Google Docs, Slides, Drawings, and more. These tools are available for students to create outside of school too!
  • Students are also encouraged to experiment with computer coding at home. Code.org has activities that teach students to use coding to design games, apps, drawings, and websites.

 

 

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Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 21, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

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Tiger Night Thank You

Last Friday night’s Tiger Night was a huge success!  We had approximately 300 students in attendance.

We are tremendously grateful to all of the parents who volunteered, donated food, sold tickets during lunches, and chaperoned the many activities that night. Thank you for giving your support to make sure every student had an evening that was fun and safe.  

We would also like to thank Mark Twain’s administrative team (Mr. Miller, Mrs. Montgomery, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Nocera, and Ms. Stickler) for staying late on a Friday to make sure everything ran smoothly.  Thank you also to Mr. Foster, Ms. Lebowitz, and Mr. Helm for working late so the students could play basketball, do improvisation and sing karaoke.

Looking forward to the Spring Tiger Night in April 2020!

Chipotle Night

Mark your calendar for our next PTA Spirit Event on November 12th from 5-9 PM at the Kingstowne Chipotle.  Tell the cashier you’re supporting MTMS PTA and they will donate 33% of the proceeds.

Innerspace Science

The first meeting of Innerspace Science After School Club will be Monday, October 21 during the first block.

Do you know a student fascinated by the undersea world and the technologies for exploring it?  Innerspacescience.org is a group whose members build and operate manned submersibles, which are made available to scientists at no cost. On land, they use the subs to excite students about STEM and ocean conservation. A few weeks ago, National Public Radio featured them on their program "All Things Considered" and the piece makes a great introduction: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/02/755571204/submarine-hobbyists-help-researchers-on-montanas-flathead-lake

The organization's founder, Alec Smyth, is also on the crew of Pisces VI, a research submarine that enters service in 2020 with missions to places like Antarctica and the Indian Ocean. Alec will be offering a two month after-school program at Mark Twain, during which students will get to see a two-person sub and learn about physics, engineering, marine ecology, and marine conservation. It is the program's third year at our school and it has received great reviews from students and parents.  

The cost of the program is $150, but Innerspace Science doesn't want anyone left out for economic reasons - anyone who can't afford the program can earn a scholarship by writing an essay. To register for this program or learn more about it, please email Alec Smyth at alecsmyth@gmail.com

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Digital Citizenship - Week 2

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FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship in October!  At Twain we will be highlighting 5 different themes surrounding Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship with activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use. Students will have a choice board to select at least one activity a week  that matches the weekly theme. Parents can also choose to sign up to receive text messages from Common Sense Media with Tips for Health Tech Balance (for children ages 3-8). 

Every Twain Student will have a Student Choice Board filled with activities.  We suggest that students complete at least 1 of these activities each week.  (This document is also posted on our Twain Digital Citizenship Google Classroom)

Below you’ll find resources and suggested activities to help support healthy habits at home too. 

Week 2: Students and families are encouraged to exercise healthy tech practices such as managing notification settings and turning off screens an hour before bedtime. Try some of these ideas:

  • Consider making phone-free zones in your home.
  • Promote better sleep by disconnecting from screens at least one hour before bedtime and charging your phone outside of the bedroom.
  • Change your phone’s notification settings to minimize distractions or try some of these suggestions.
  • Visit Google’s Focus Your Time page for suggestions to track usage and manage your time on Android apps as well as time management suggestions for Youtube and Gmail.
  • Try some family mindfulness activities with GoNoodle’s Flow channel.

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Next Week’s Schedule

Monday, October 14 is a Student Holiday and a School Planning Day for staff. The remainder of the week will be a regular schedule.

Tiger Night is Tonight

It’s not too late to join us for tonight’s Tiger Night social. Tiger Night, a Twain student-only event, is Friday, October 11 from 6:30-8:30. There is something for everyone including basketball tournament, DJ playing music, Wii games, Board Games, Minute to Win it, Improv, Karaoke, and more. $5 at the door. Pizza on sale for $2, everything else is $1.

PTA Meeting

Join us on October 17th at 7 PM for our next PTA meeting. After some quick PTA business, we’ll be pleased to hear from Mary Beth Harrison Cunningham, managing director of FCPS Parent Resource Center. She’ll be giving valuable information on free resources that are available through this center. Plan to be there!

Innerspace Science

Do you know a student fascinated by the undersea world and the technologies for exploring it?  Innerspacescience.org is a group whose members build and operate manned submersibles, which are made available to scientists at no cost. On land, they use the subs to excite students about STEM and ocean conservation. A few weeks ago, National Public Radio featured them on their program "All Things Considered" and the piece makes a great introduction:  https://www.npr.org/2019/09/02/755571204/submarine-hobbyists-help-researchers-on-montanas-flathead-lake

The organization's founder, Alec Smyth, is also on the crew of Pisces VI, a research submarine that enters service in 2020 with missions to places like Antarctica and the Indian Ocean. Alec will be offering a two month after-school program at Sandburg, during which students will get to see a two-person sub and learn about physics, engineering, marine ecology, and marine conservation. It is the program's third year at our school and it has received great reviews from students and parents.  

The cost of the program is $150, but Innerspace Science doesn't want anyone left out for economic reasons - anyone who can't afford the program can earn a scholarship by writing an essay. To register for this program or learn more about it, please email Alec Smyth at alecsmyth@gmail.com

The first meeting for Innerspace Science will be on Monday, October 21st at 2:30 in the Lecture Hall.

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After School Program - New Clubs

Twain’s After School Program is offering two new stem clubs starting this Monday October 7 - “Inner Space Science” and “Rosie Riveters”. Last year both clubs were a huge success.   Descriptions below….

  • Inner space Science - is an organization that facilitates the use of privately owned submersibles for scientific and educational purposes on a non-commercial basis. On land, a small submersible at a school or science fair is a powerful tool to capture the attention of young minds and spark the imagination. A sub is a perfect prop for teaching many STEM disciplines. At sea, it can carry non-diving scientists or give the human subjects of a documentary a more engaging and first hand role than remotely operated vehicles would allow. Submersibles are typically very expensive to operate because they require the support of ocean going vessels, and in consequence few scientists can afford their use. Privately owned submersibles are often precluded from carrying passengers for hire because of regulations, but nothing prevents them from making dives with a scientific purpose and carrying non-paying observers, instruments, or cameras. The personal submersibles in our organization are not rated for extreme depths and will not be visiting the Titanic, but they easily provide access to continental shelf depths far beyond the range of SCUBA divers. These small boats can be trailered behind a SUV or pickup truck and launched from ordinary boat ramps. Some Innerspace Science submersible owners are available for paid educational engagements on land - please see the "Education" tab for details. Should you have an idea for a science mission at sea, we would love to hear it. Your proposal will be shared with the owners to see if any wish to take it on. Such expeditions are non-commercial, with the direct costs split equally between the expedition members including the owner in question.
  • Rosie Riveters is a registered 501 c3 that provides a fun space for girls to imagine, create and play while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our goal is to equip and empower girls to be strong, confident, and competent in the fields of STEM through hands on projects and mentorship programs. Let’s teach girls to delete the words “I can’t” from their vocabulary and inspire them to always be confident enough to try. By sharing relevant, stimulating content, conducting hands-on experiments, and introducing role models from various fields, Rosie Riveters strives to encourage girls to engage with STEM and see possibilities for their future careers.
  • The core of Rosie Riveters’ programs is a project-based, after-school curriculum for girls aged 4-14 (grades pre-K-8) that is open to the public and is completely free of charge. Each of the twelve sessions of our 4-week program features:
    • an interactive overview of a STEM concept (density, circuits, chemical reactions, etc.);
    • a tangible and hands-on project that explores that concept;
    • exploration of real-world careers associated with the above project through interaction with mentors.
  • The hands-on projects at the core of our program teach STEM skills, encourage girls to develop their own creative processes for design and implementation, and enable them to see their skills in action. All these elements work together to develop each participant’s confidence in her abilities.
  • Our pilot program at Shirlington Branch of Arlington Public Library in Arlington, VA finished on March 17, 2016. Weekly classes (available to boys and girls) featured hands-on experiments and real- world role models to inspire kids with the confidence to try.

We are looking forward to many students being able to take advantage of these great opportunities.

Spirit Wear

Twain Spirit Wear is available online until October 5th!! We’ve updated a few items this year including a super soft, long-sleeve charcoal gray tee and a brilliant green hoodie.  We have new car magnets and stickers!  Some of our oldies, but goodies are at a “last chance” price with only certain sizes remaining.  You can access the store at https://twainms.fcps.edu/get-involved/pta-spirit-wear-events

PTA Spirit Event

Eat at Roy Rogers at Manchester Lakes on Oct 8th between 5-9 PM and support MTMS PTA. 25% of your purchase goes to support the programs run by the PTA.

If you can’t make it out that night, please feel free to donate by clicking the Can’t Make It donation button on our online store at https://mkt.com/mark-twain-middle-school-pta?square_lead=button

Tiger Night

Do your students know that Tiger Night is coming? Pass the word along! Tiger Night, a student-only event, is Friday, October 11 from 6:30-8:30. There is something for everyone including basketball tournament, DJ playing music, Wii games, Board Games, Minute to Win it, Improv, Karaoke, and more. Pizza on sale for $2, everything else is $1. Tickets go on sale during lunches on Oct 8-11 for just $3. Price goes up to $5 at the door.

Volunteers are still needed to support this event, especially to chaperone that night. Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-fall4

National PTA Reflections 2019-2020

Does your student know about the National PTA Reflections Program? They still have time. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Deadline for submission is October 15th. Entries can be turned in at the main office. Contact mtmsreflections@gmail.com for more information.

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is starting up!  OM is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.  Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.  Teams typically meet at least once per week starting in the fall and continue through to the regional tournament in March. There is a $20 participation fee.  To register for a team at MTMS, please click here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRmySBpNuRLj2fZ7alCwCH3JL9mI7NLrNCZ9GSHSVxFQVbKA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1)  or contact Megan Brooks at mjbrooks@fcps.edu. Registration ends October 15th.  For more information about OM, visit www.novasouth.org

Citizenship Essay

Citizenship Essay - State Deadline: February 1, 2020

Virginia PTA sponsors this annual student writing contest. It's a great opportunity for PTA's to support their school's writing and social studies curriculum. The selected theme is “What does it take to be a good citizen?"

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Digital Citizenship - Week 1

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FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship in October! 

At Twain we will be highlighting 5 different themes surrounding Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship with activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use. Students will have a choice board to select at least one activity a week that matches the weekly theme. Parents can also choose to sign up to receive text messages from Common Sense Media with Tips for Health Tech Balance (for children ages 3-8). 

Every Twain Student will receive a Student Choice Board on Friday filled with activities.  We suggest that students complete at least 1 of these activities each week.  (Some links on the board will require a student login to Google. Ask your student to help with this. This document is also posted on Twain's Digital Citizenship Google Classroom.)

Below you’ll find resources and suggested activities to help support healthy habits at home too. 

 Week 1: Families are encouraged to reflect on their own relationship with technology, their media habits, and begin to think of ways to make some healthy adjustments. 

 

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Advanced Academics Program (AAP)

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), gifted services are available to students who exhibit exceptional performance capability in academic, intellectual, and creative endeavors through Advanced Academic Programs (AAP). When a student is screened for AAP, the school division considers a student’s performance in the four core academic subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. FCPS also considers the diverse characteristics and behaviors associated with giftedness determined by multiple comprehensive assessments. More information can be found online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

If interested in applying please take note of the following dates:

Thursday, October 10, 2019

New Students to FCPS (Enrolled after January 2019) Level IV Referral Form and materials are due to Mark Twain Student Services

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Current 7th Grade Students Level IV Form Referral Form and materials are due to Mark Twain Student Services

 

Forms can be found online at https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students

For additional questions, please contact:

Mrs. Flood-Wright, Mark Twain School Counselor at 703.313.3741 or amfloodwrigh@fcps.edu

You can also contact the AAP Office at AAP@fcps.edu or 571.423.4740

Hearing and Vision Screening Assistants

Twain needs your help! Hearing and vision screenings will take place Wednesday, October 8th and Thursday, October 9th. Volunteers are needed to help the day run smoothly. Please grab a spot if you can by signing up at . Thank you for all you do to make Twain great! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FACAF2DA6FB6-hearing

Volunteers Needed for Tiger Night

We are still in need of parent volunteers to sell tickets, donate items, and offer support for our Fall Tiger Night on October 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to sell concessions, chaperone, supervise games, set-up and clean-up. We need you help to make this night successful. You can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4facaf2da6fb6-fall4

Tiger Night is a student-only event with lots of things for everyone including basketball tournament, concessions for sale, DJ playing music, Wii games, Minute to Win it, Improv, Karaoke, and more. Tickets go on Oct 8-11 for just $3. Price goes up to $5 at the door.

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is starting up!  OM is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.  Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.  Teams typically meet at least once per week starting in the fall and continue through to the regional tournament in March. There is a $20 participation fee.  To register for a team at MTMS, please click here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRmySBpNuRLj2fZ7alCwCH3JL9mI7NLrNCZ9GSHSVxFQVbKA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1)  or contact Megan Brooks at mjbrooks@fcps.edu. Registration ends October 15th.  For more information about OM, visit www.novasouth.org

Spirit Event at Roy Rogers

Join us on Oct 8 from 5-9 pm at Roy Rogers in Manchester Lakes for our first Spirit Event. Mention Twain PTA when you order and we’ll get 25% of your purchase.

Edison ANGP Movie Night Under the Stars

Support the Edison All Night Grad Party by attending a showing of The Princess Bride on Saturday, September 28 on the Edison Softball Field. Gates open at 7:00 and movie starts at 7:30. $5 per tickets or $20 for a family of 4 or more. Concession will be sold. Bring your blankets and chairs.

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No Place for Hate

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Dear Parent/Guardian, 

Mark Twain Middle School (Twain MS) believes that having a school community where your child feels safe and respected is an important foundation to their academic success. That is why Twain MS will be participating in No Place for Hate®, a national program supporting schools in their commitment to celebrating diversity, promoting respect for differences and challenging bias and bullying at all levels.

Developed by the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) – a leading civil rights organization that has worked for over a century to “secure justice and fair treatment to all” – No Place for Hate® will help us incorporate new anti-bias and bullying prevention resources into our existing programs in order to have one consistent message of inclusivity. 

You and your child can help support our No Place for Hate® program in a number of ways:

  1. Join our No Place for Hate® Committee to help oversee the program, assess school climate, and plan or volunteer at No Place for Hate® events!
  2. Along with your child, sign the No Place for Hate® Pledge to commit to challenging bias and bullying!
  3. Practice No Place for Hate® at home! For family resources on challenging bullying and bias, visit https://www.adl.org/education-and-resources/resources-for-educators-parents-families. 

To learn more or to get involved with No Place for Hate® join us at a PTA Meeting on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm. You can also contact Melissa Montgomery, Assistant Principal at MLMontgomery@fcps.edu. With your help, we will make our school community a safe and welcoming space for all. 

 

Sincerely,

Charles Miller

Principal

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Family Life Education Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Twain’s library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

World Language Credit Exam

Can your child read and write in another language?

If so, please consider having them register for the World Language Credit Exam. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. They must be able to write two well-developed essays in the exam language, each consisting of at least three paragraphs.

The following 30 languages will be offered the 2019-20 exam: 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.

Registration

Students must meet with their school counselors to register.

Registration opens on Monday, September 9, 2019, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m.

Credit exam dates, times, and testing sites:

November 6 - Centreville High School Cafeteria - 4:00 pm-7:45 pm

November 7 - Edison High School Cafeteria - 4:00 pm-7:45 pm

November 8 - Marshall High School Cafeteria - 4:00 pm-7:45 pm

More information about the World Language Credit Exam can be found here.­

Spirit Wear

Did you miss getting your spirit wear at Tiger Fest or Back to School Night? Twain spirit wear will be available online starting Monday, September 23rd for a limited time!  We’ve updated a few items this year including a super soft, long-sleeve charcoal gray tee and a brilliant green hoodie.  We have new car magnets and stickers!  Some of our oldies, but goodies are at a “last chance” price with only certain sizes remaining.  You can access the store at https://twainms.fcps.edu/get-involved/pta-spirit-wear-events

PTA Meeting

Join us on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 PM in the library for our first PTA meeting of the year. We’ll be conducting on a few items of PTA business, so your attendance would be appreciated. In conjunction with our meeting, we’ll be starting our Parent Strategies Presentations. This month, we’ll hear from Ms. Montgomery, one of our Twain Administrators, on a new program at Twain – No Place for Hate.

Spirit Events

Mark your calendars for our first two Spirit Events:

Roy Rogers on Oct. 8 from 5-9 PM
Chipotle (Kingstowne location) on November 15 from 5-9 PM

If you can’t make it out that night, please feel free to donate by clicking the Can’t Make It donation button on our online store at https://mkt.com/mark-twain-middle-school-pta?square_lead=button

Tiger Night is Coming

Tiger Night is just around the corner! Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm.

This a fun night for Mark Twain students to hang out with friends!  Students can dance to the beat of a DJ in the cafeteria, play in a basketball tournament, grab a bite to eat at the concession sale.  Karaoke, board games, video games and Minute to Win It games will also be available.  Tickets will be on sale at lunch for $3. Don’t wait to buy -- they’ll be $5 at the door.

Please sign up below to help the PTA make the first Tiger Night of the year a success!  Volunteers are needed to: 

  • sell tickets in the cafeteria during lunch the week of Tiger Night (Tuesday, October 8 through Friday, October 11)
  • donate items for the concession sale
  • volunteer at Tiger Night to help everything run smoothly

 Questions? Email Lisa at lnelson16@hotmail.com

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SIS Parent Account

Need help with SIS Parent Account?

Fill out a Help Request form CLICK HERE

You will get assistance with either resetting your password or getting an activation key. Get access to your student’s grades, attendance, and more! It is the best way to be proactive about your student’s performance in school.

Bicycle Helmets

This is a friendly reminder that all students riding bikes to Twain Middle School should wear a helmet. Fairfax County is one of many jurisdictions in Northern Virginia that requires the use of bicycle helmets. Fairfax County Code Section 82-6-38.1 defines the use of a protective helmet while operating a Bicycle: Any person under the age of fifteen years of age shall wear a protective helmet that meets the standards promulgated by the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation while riding or being carried on a bicycle on any highway, sidewalk, or public bicycle path.

Membership Still Available

Still haven’t joined the PTA. It’s not too late!! You can click this https://twainms.fcps.edu/get-involved/parent-teacher-association-pta and join online!!! Single Membership is $20 and Family Membership is $30. Even if you don’t have any time to help volunteer or come to meetings, we need your support. Just by joining the PTA, you are supporting the many programs that the PTA funds, so join today!

Band Car Wash

Twain’s Band is holding their first car wash of the year on Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Please come out and support the band.

PTA Meeting

Thursday, September 26 is the first PTA Meeting of the school year. Join us at 7:00 pm in the Library to hear a special presentation about a new program at Twain – No Place for Hate®.

National PTA Reflections 2019-2020

Does your student know about the National PTA Reflections Program? They still have time. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Deadline for submission is October 15th. Information on how to submit will be coming soon.   Contact mtmsreflections@gmail.com for more information.

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Picture Day

Monday, September 9 is Picture Day! Students were given order forms in their Health and Physical Education classes this week.

World Language Credit Exam

Can your child read and write in another language?

If so, please consider having them register for the World Language Credit Exam. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. They must be able to write two well-developed essays in the exam language, each consisting of at least three paragraphs.

The following 30 languages will be offered the 2019-20 exam: 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.

Registration

Students must meet with their school counselors to register.

Registration opens on Monday, September 9, 2019, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m.

Credit exam dates, times, and testing sites:

November 6 - Centreville High School Cafeteria - 4:00 pm-7:45 pm

November 7 - Edison High School Cafeteria - 4:00 pm-7:45 pm

November 8 - Marshall High School Cafeteria - 4:00 pm-7:45 pm

More information about the World Language Credit Exam can be found here.­

Join the PTA

Missed joining the PTA at Tiger Fest or Back to School Night? You can still join online at https://twainms.fcps.edu/get-involved/parent-teacher-association-pta. Single Membership is $20 and Family Membership is $30.

We greatly appreciate your support. The MTMS PTA is primarily funded through our membership dues and holds limited fundraisers throughout the school year. By joining the PTA, your membership dues greatly help us achieve our goals for supporting the students and staff at Twain.

National PTA Reflections 2019-2020

Explore your creativity by participating in the National PTA Reflections Program. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Deadline for submission is October 15th. Information on how to submit will be coming soon. Contact mtmsreflections@gmail.com for more information.

Would you like to help National PTA pick out a future Reflections theme? If yes, visit https://www.vapta.org/programs/arts-and-education/reflections-top to download the Theme Search Packet. All Reflections themes are submitted by students! Each local unit may submit to Virginia PTA 5 suggested themes by November 1, 2019. We will vote on our top 5 to submit to National and they will choose one for the 2020-2021 Reflections theme. The winning student receives $100 from National PTA.

Amazon Smile

Love shopping on Amazon? Support Mark Twain Middle School PTA at no extra cost when you shop at smile.amazon.com. Simply go to https://smile.amazon.com and pull down Mark Twain Middle PTA in the list of charities. Every time you shop, don’t forget to go to Smile Amazon and your purchases will generate .5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the PTA.

TJHSST Info Session Presentation

Were you unable to attend last week’s Thomas Jefferson HS Information session or would you just like to review what was discussed? If so, the PowerPoint presentation slides are available on the Twain website under the Announcements section. For any TJHSST related questions please contact Ms. Leslie Pilotti, TJ liaison school counselor, at lmpilotti@fcps.edu.

After School Program

Twain’s ASP begins on Monday, September 30, 2019. More information will be shared soon.

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Next Week’s Schedule

Monday, September 2 – Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 3 – Odd day schedule – 5th period lunch - Advisory

Wednesday, September 4 – Even day schedule – 6th period lunch – Advisory

Thursday, September 5 – Odd day schedule- 5th period lunch – Advisory

Friday, September 6 – Even day schedule – 6th period lunch – Advisory

Back to School Night 2019

Twain’s Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 4. There is one session for all parents/guardians that begins at 6:30 pm. The school doors will open at 6:00 pm. Parents and guardians can wait in the cafeteria where Twain Spirit wear will be available for sale. Videos will also be playing from our School Board members.

Parking will be very tight. Parents and Guardians are encouraged to walk, car pool and legally park on neighboring streets. Parents and Guardians will follow their student's schedule, visit each class and receive additional information from teachers. Schedules will be available for pick up at Twain, however, if you have a copy of your student’s schedule feel free to bring it with you. Schedules can also be found through the ParentVue icon. We look forward to seeing you next week!

Family Life Education Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Students in grades 7-8 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their health and physical education course. Students receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
  • Parents/guardians will need a SIS account to access FCPS 24-7 https://fcps.blackboard.com/
  • Account information is available at your local school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcps-24-7-learningParents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out an opt out form that you may access online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle. Opt out forms will also be available at the evening preview. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify your child’s teacher in writing before instruction begins.
  • An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for children who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.
  • You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The Parent Preview will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Twain’s library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

Instruction occurs at various times for the instructional units during the school year. Please contact your child’s teacher for specific dates of FLE instruction. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu.

Academic Honesty Policy

As an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program School, Twain has an Academic Honesty Policy. The policy will be added to Twain’s Website soon. Until then, the policy can be viewed here.

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Back to School Night 2019

Twain’s Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 4. There is one session for all students that begins at 6:30 pm. The school doors will open at 6:00 pm. Parents and guardians can wait in the cafeteria where Twain Spirit wear will be available for sale. Videos will also be playing from our School Board members.

Parking will be very tight. Parents and Guardians are encouraged to walk, car pool and legally park on neighboring streets. Parents and Guardians will follow their student's schedule, visit each class and receive additional information from teachers. Schedules will be available for pick up at Twain, however, if you have a copy of your student’s schedule feel free to bring it with you. Schedules can also be found through the ParentVue icon. We look forward to seeing you next week!

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Electronic Device Policy

This is a reminder that Twain has adopted a new policy this year. All personal electronic devices are to be “Off and Away for the Day.” Under this new policy, students observed using a device will have that device confiscated by a teacher, grade-level administrator or safety and security personnel. The device can be picked up by the student’s parent/legal guardian from 2:30 – 4:45 pm in Twain’s Special Education/After School Program office.

Next Week’s Schedule

Monday, August 26 – All Periods – 5th period lunch

Tuesday, August 27 – All Periods – 5th period lunch

Wednesday, August 28 – Periods 2, 4, 6, 7 and Advisory - 6th period lunch

Thursday, August 29 – Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 and Advisory - 5th period lunch

Friday, August 30 – School Holiday – Labor Day Weekend

 

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