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Calendar Updates

Monday, January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – School Closed

Wednesday, January 25 - End of 2nd Quarter – School closes 2 hours early

Thursday, January 26 – Staff Development Day – Student Holiday

Friday, January 27 – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Monday, January 30 – 3rd Quarter Begins

PTA Updates

Join the Twain PTA!

Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year.

Next General Membership Meeting – Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 pm. Will send Zoom link closer to the event.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation!

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

Twain 8th Graders….

Get your Edison Sports Pass for next year!! Buy your Edison Eagle Sports Pass and become an Edison Athletic Booster Member Today! Your Eagle Sports Pass gets you free admission to all regular season Edison High School home games. In addition, your Booster Membership helps support the 800+ student athletes at Edison High School and helps to defray the costs of running these programs. Your membership is a major source of revenue. Make sure to include all of your family's email addresses to receive our weekly Eagle Blast. Enjoy the games!

2022-23 Yearbook

Purchase a Twain MS yearbook today! Go to yearbookordercenter.com and use Twain’s code# 8606 

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Twain’s After School Program

To all Parents/Guardians,

On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, late buses will not be available at Twain’s After School Program. We will still have the program, but students will need to be picked up by parents//guardians between 2:30 – 4:40 pm. We apologize for any issues this may cause.

Thank you!

Twain’s After School Staff

 

Transition Corner Rising 7th & 8th Grades:

Please join us in-person on Monday, January 9, 2023, for our Middle School Transition Night! Our Rising 7th grade presentation will be held in the cafeteria from 6-7pm. Our Rising 8th grade presentation will be held in the Lecture Hall from 6-7pm. Immediately following will be our AVID Information Session in the Lecture Hall and our Rising 7th Grade AAP Level IV Information session in the cafeteria, both from 7-8pm. This is an event for parents only.

Rising 9th Grade:

***Please consider subscribing to your base high school’s News You Choose messages for the most up-to-date information about the transition to high school – you can do that here. Unsure what school your child will attend in 9th grade? Click here to access the FCPS boundary locator.***

Lewis High School

Lewis High School counselors will be at Twain on Monday, January 9, to present 9th grade course options to current 8th grade students. During this presentation, students will learn about required courses and elective options, as well as other information about freshman year at Lewis. At the end, students will be given a course selection sheet to bring home for completion. For questions about this event please contact Twain counselor Leslie Pilotti at [email protected].

Edison High School

All Edison-bound rising 9th graders will participate in a virtual course offering overview through Learning Seminar (4th period) on Friday, January 20, 2023. Edison counselors will come to Twain to help students make course selections the following Monday and Tuesday, January 23rd and 24th, through Health & PE classes.

Edison Global STEM Challenges Program

The Edison Global STEM program is hosting an in-person information session for eligible students and families. In this session, students and families will learn about the program and how to request to enroll for the 2023-24 school year. To be eligible for Global STEM in 9th grade, students must have successfully completed Algebra 1 or higher by the end of 8th grade. This session will occur Wednesday, January 18, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. in the auditorium of Thomas A. Edison High School. The address is 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310. Please enter through Door 17 located in the front of the building. For a program overview, please visit this link: https://edisonhs.fcps.edu/academics/stem/programoverview.

Hayfield Secondary School

Hayfield’s Rising 9 Curriculum Night for both students and parents is January 11, 2023 - In-Person at HSS (Snow Date January 18). Welcome Presentations start at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. Immediately after is a Curriculum Fair - 6:30-7:30 pm in the Cafeterias. You will meet with teachers and staff to get your questions answered about electives and courses to take! For more information contact Hayfield Student Services 703.924. 7522. Hayfield counselors will visit Twain on Wednesday, January 18, through Learning Seminar (4th period) to present 9th grade course options and help 8th graders make course selections for the 23-24 school year.

 

PTA Updates Join the Twain PTA!

Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year.

Next General Membership Meeting – Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 pm. Will send a Zoom link next week!

Rising 7th Graders

The PTA will be selling Spirit Wear merch during the Rising 7th Grade Transition Night (6-9PM) on Monday, January 9, 2023.

We need your help!! Please email Linda Pinkney at [email protected] if you’re interested in supporting this event!

Twain 8th Graders

Get your Edison Sports Pass for next year!! Buy your Edison Eagle Sports Pass and become an Edison Athletic Booster Member Today! Your Eagle Sports Pass gets you free admission to all regular season Edison High School home games. In addition, your Booster Membership helps support the 800+ student athletes at Edison High School and helps to defray the costs of running these programs. Your membership is a major source of revenue. Make sure to include all of your family's email addresses to receive our weekly Eagle Blast. Enjoy the games!

New Year’s Resolutions

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited. When thinking of your goals consider making them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound), this method breaks your goals down into specific objectives and makes it easier for you to track your progress. What goals would you like to share with your child, to show them examples of healthy adult introspection? Introspection, looking within, is necessary to learn how to manage stress in a healthy manner. What regular coping skills can be implemented into your daily/ weekly routine? Some goals may be physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional. Would it be easier to have serious conversations over a family dinner? Or maybe regular family dinners, spark joy and connection that’s often missing.

Research has shown that family therapy is the best treatment option for young people who misuse drugs and alcohol (SAMHSA). Many people use drugs to manage life’s hardships when they feel disconnected from themselves or others. The opposite of addiction is connection, and young people benefit from connection with their families. Families who have a common mission based on autonomy and openness instead of secrecy and silence thrive. Families teach young people how to manage stress when they communicate honestly and openly with one another. Learning how to manage stress early in life could be a major factor in whether or not a young person decides to use drugs.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources

Why Small Conversations Make a Big Difference

SMART Goals Quick Overview

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

For further Information & support: Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

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Twain’s After School Program

To all Parents/Guardians,

On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, late buses will not be available at Twain’s After School Program. We will still have the program, but students will need to be picked up by parents//guardians between 2:30 – 4:40 pm. We apologize for any issues this may cause.

Thank you!

Twain’s After School Staff

 

Transition Corner Rising 7th & 8th Grades:

Please join us in-person on Monday, January 9, 2023, for our Middle School Transition Night! Our Rising 7th grade presentation will be held in the cafeteria from 6-7pm. Our Rising 8th grade presentation will be held in the Lecture Hall from 6-7pm. Immediately following will be our AVID Information Session in the Lecture Hall and our Rising 7th Grade AAP Level IV Information session in the cafeteria, both from 7-8pm. This is an event for parents only.

Rising 9th Grade:

***Please consider subscribing to your base high school’s News You Choose messages for the most up-to-date information about the transition to high school – you can do that here. Unsure what school your child will attend in 9th grade? Click here to access the FCPS boundary locator.***

Lewis High School

Lewis High School counselors will be at Twain on Monday, January 9, to present 9th grade course options to current 8th grade students. During this presentation, students will learn about required courses and elective options, as well as other information about freshman year at Lewis. At the end, students will be given a course selection sheet to bring home for completion. For questions about this event please contact Twain counselor Leslie Pilotti at [email protected].

Edison High School

All Edison-bound rising 9th graders will participate in a virtual course offering overview through Learning Seminar (4th period) on Friday, January 20, 2023. Edison counselors will come to Twain to help students make course selections the following Monday and Tuesday, January 23rd and 24th, through Health & PE classes.

Edison Global STEM Challenges Program

The Edison Global STEM program is hosting an in-person information session for eligible students and families. In this session, students and families will learn about the program and how to request to enroll for the 2023-24 school year. To be eligible for Global STEM in 9th grade, students must have successfully completed Algebra 1 or higher by the end of 8th grade. This session will occur Wednesday, January 18, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. in the auditorium of Thomas A. Edison High School. The address is 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310. Please enter through Door 17 located in the front of the building. For a program overview, please visit this link: https://edisonhs.fcps.edu/academics/stem/programoverview.

Hayfield Secondary School

Hayfield’s Rising 9 Curriculum Night for both students and parents is January 11, 2023 - In-Person at HSS (Snow Date January 18). Welcome Presentations start at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. Immediately after is a Curriculum Fair - 6:30-7:30 pm in the Cafeterias. You will meet with teachers and staff to get your questions answered about electives and courses to take! For more information contact Hayfield Student Services 703.924. 7522. Hayfield counselors will visit Twain on Wednesday, January 18, through Learning Seminar (4th period) to present 9th grade course options and help 8th graders make course selections for the 23-24 school year.

 

PTA Updates Join the Twain PTA!

Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year.

Next General Membership Meeting – Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 pm. Will send a Zoom link next week!

Rising 7th Graders

The PTA will be selling Spirit Wear merch during the Rising 7th Grade Transition Night (6-9PM) on Monday, January 9, 2023.

We need your help!! Please email Linda Pinkney at [email protected] if you’re interested in supporting this event!

Twain 8th Graders

Get your Edison Sports Pass for next year!! Buy your Edison Eagle Sports Pass and become an Edison Athletic Booster Member Today! Your Eagle Sports Pass gets you free admission to all regular season Edison High School home games. In addition, your Booster Membership helps support the 800+ student athletes at Edison High School and helps to defray the costs of running these programs. Your membership is a major source of revenue. Make sure to include all of your family's email addresses to receive our weekly Eagle Blast. Enjoy the games!

New Year’s Resolutions

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited. When thinking of your goals consider making them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound), this method breaks your goals down into specific objectives and makes it easier for you to track your progress. What goals would you like to share with your child, to show them examples of healthy adult introspection? Introspection, looking within, is necessary to learn how to manage stress in a healthy manner. What regular coping skills can be implemented into your daily/ weekly routine? Some goals may be physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional. Would it be easier to have serious conversations over a family dinner? Or maybe regular family dinners, spark joy and connection that’s often missing.

Research has shown that family therapy is the best treatment option for young people who misuse drugs and alcohol (SAMHSA). Many people use drugs to manage life’s hardships when they feel disconnected from themselves or others. The opposite of addiction is connection, and young people benefit from connection with their families. Families who have a common mission based on autonomy and openness instead of secrecy and silence thrive. Families teach young people how to manage stress when they communicate honestly and openly with one another. Learning how to manage stress early in life could be a major factor in whether or not a young person decides to use drugs.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources

Why Small Conversations Make a Big Difference

SMART Goals Quick Overview

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

For further Information & support: Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

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Wishing everyone a healthy holiday season and a safe and prosperous New Year!

News You Choose will return January 6, 2023.

Calendar Updates

December 19, 2022 – January 2, 2023 - Winter Break – School Closed

Transition Corner

Rising 7th & 8th Grades:

Please join us in-person on Monday, January 9, 2023, for our Middle School Transition Night! Our Rising 7th grade presentation will be held in the cafeteria from 6-7pm. Our Rising 8th grade presentation will be held in the Lecture Hall from 6-7pm. Immediately following will be our AVID Information Session in the Lecture Hall and our Rising 7th Grade AAP Level IV Information session in the cafeteria, both from 7-8pm. This is an event for parents only.

Rising 9th Grade:

***Please consider subscribing to your base high school’s News You Choose messages for the most up-to-date information about the transition to high school – you can do that here. Unsure what school your child will attend in 9th grade? Click here to access the FCPS boundary locator.***

Lewis High School

Rising 9th grade students and families are invited to attend Lewis High School’s Curriculum Night on Thursday, January 5, 2023 (6pm) at Lewis High School.  At this session, you will meet the school counseling team, curriculum department leaders, and school administrators.  The focus of this session is to present course offerings so you can plan the best school schedule for next year and beyond.  Looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you to high school! For questions about this event please contact Ms. Amanda Hudson, Director of Student Services, at [email protected]

Edison High School

All Edison-bound rising 9th graders will participate in a virtual course offering overview through Learning Seminar (4th period) on Friday, January 20, 2023. Edison counselors will come to Twain to help students make course selections the following Monday and Tuesday, January 23rd and 24th, through Health & PE classes.  Edison’s Rising 9 transition night for parents is TBD.

Hayfield Secondary School

Hayfield counselors will visit Twain on Wednesday, January 18, through Learning Seminar *(4th period) to help 8th graders make course selections for the 23-24 school year. Hayfield’s Rising 9 transition night for parents is TBD.

Please continue to check back for more transition updates this winter.

PTA Updates

Join the Twain PTA!

Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone who graciously donated to make our Winter Wonderland Luncheon a success! We couldn’t do this without your continued support! Thank you!

Twain 8th Graders….

Get your Edison Sports Pass for next year!! Buy your Edison Eagle Sports Pass and become an Edison Athletic Booster Member Today! Your Eagle Sports Pass gets you free admission to all regular season Edison High School home games. In addition, your Booster Membership helps support the 800+ student athletes at Edison High School and helps to defray the costs of running these programs. Your membership is a major source of revenue. Make sure to include all of your family's email addresses to receive our weekly Eagle Blast. Enjoy the games!

Hope all our Twain Families have a happy and healthy Holiday Season! We will see you in 2023!!

Address Changing?

In FCPS, parents are required to notify the school of any changes to residency. Address changes within Twain Middle School’s boundaries will require a Student Registration Form, as well as a new (signed) copy of your deed/lease. Address changes made through WeCare will not be accepted unless proof of residency and the updated registration have been received. Students are required to attend the school within whose boundaries they physically reside.

If you are moving out of our boundaries during the school year, please fill out the Student Withdrawal Form and submit it to us as soon as you know you are moving. This serves as your official withdrawal notification document and will ensure that student records are prepared and are ready to be sent to the new school when they request them. Please include the date your student will last attend Twain, the name of the new school as well as your new address to forward any items left after your move.

The processes for updating your address, withdrawing a student as well as access to the required forms can be found on the Registrar’s Corner section of our website.

Additionally, if you will finish the year at Twain but are moving late spring/summer 2023 and will not attend Twain or the high school assigned to your boundaries, we will be sending the annual Student Intent to Return form in March to assist with planning and staffing for the 2023-24 School Year.

Please reach out to Christina Spencer, Twain’s Student Services Assistant/Registrar with any questions you may have regarding these processes.

Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

For further Information & support: Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Email: [email protected]

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December 19, 2022 – January 2, 2023 - Winter Break – School Closed

PTA Updates

Join the Twain PTA!

Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year.

Coming up…

The holidays are fast approaching and what better way to recognize all the hard working and dedicated faculty/staff at Twain than by donating food for them!

The PTA will be providing a delicious lunch for the faculty/staff on Friday, December 16.

We need volunteers to donate desserts for the Winter Wonderland Staff Luncheon. Please sign up to donate and help show the Twain staff that they are appreciated.

Here is the link to sign up.

*Donations will be collected on Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16. Please drop off your donation in the office no later than 9:00 am on December 16.*

Thank You!!

Mark your calendars for our next Spirit Night! (Flyer is also on our Facebook page!)

Edison HS Sports Passes

Twain Tigers,

Take your sports education to the next level by buying an Edison Eagle Sport Pass.

Your Edison Sport Pass gets you free admission to all regular season home games at Edison High School all year long!!! Attending Edison Eagles games are a great way to get involved at Edison before making the big jump to high school. Purchase your Edison Eagle Sports Pass at https://www.edisonboosters.org/eagle-sports-pass-form/

Youth Baseball

Interested in playing spring baseball? Registration is now open for spring baseball with Pioneer. Visit their website here to register: www.pblva.org. If you are interested in more competitive baseball, Pioneer’s 13U Travel Team is hosting tryouts. For more information, please go here.

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Picture Retakes

Twain’s Retake Picture Day is Friday, December 9, 2022. Additional information is available here.

Food Drive

SCA is hosting a Food Drive benefitting the Koinonia Foundation.  If you have any unopened, unexpired food items you would like to donate, students can drop them off in the boxes in the Cafeteria until Tuesday, December 13th.  Thank you for your support!

PTA Updates

Join the Twain PTA!

Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year.

Attention: There will be no PTA General Membership meeting for this month, December. The Twain PTA Board wishes you and yours a happy & healthy holiday season!

Thank you to all the parents/guardians, volunteers, faculty/staff of Twain for helping us keep this Twain tradition alive! The faculty/staff and students loved their cupcake!! Thank you for your continued support!

Coming Up…

The holidays are fast approaching and what better way to recognize all of the hard working and dedicated faculty/staff at Twain than by donating food for them!

The PTA will be providing a delicious lunch for the faculty/staff on Friday, December 16.

We need volunteers to donate desserts for the Winter Wonderland Staff Luncheon. Please sign up to donate and help show the Twain staff that they are appreciated.

Here is the link to sign up.

*Donations will be collected on Thursday, December and Friday, December 16. Please drop off your donation in the office no later than 9:00 am on December 16.*

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December 19, 2022 – January 2, 2023 - Winter Break – School Closed

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Schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

Free, On-Demand, Online Tutoring

Did you know?

  • Students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback.
  • Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. 
  • Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. 
  • Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

PTA Updates

Join the Twain PTA!

Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year.

Attention: There will be no PTA General Membership meeting for this month (November) and December. The MTMS PTA Board wishes you and yours a happy & healthy holiday season!

November 30th is Mark Twain’s Birthday…and we need your help! A fun tradition at Mark Twain Middle School is the annual observance of Mark Twain’s birthday, where every student and faculty member are given a cupcake in celebration!

Please sign up here to donate cupcakes for our celebration. With over 1,100 students at Twain, we are in need of a lot of cupcakes! Homemade or store-bought cupcakes are fine, and all flavors are welcome! We do have a need for allergen free cupcakes (ex: nut free, dairy free, or gluten free); please make sure to clearly label these cupcakes to prevent cross-contamination.

Cupcakes may be dropped off during Kiss N Ride that morning (we will have volunteers ready to accept them from the Kiss N Ride line) or they may be dropped off in the main office by 10:15AM on the 30th.

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute cupcakes during lunches. Upon arrival at the school, please sign in at the main office and proceed to the school cafeteria.

Thank you for helping with this fun Twain tradition!!

Parent Advocacy Handbook

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) has created a Parent Advocacy Handbook to provide information and support to families as they navigate the FCPS system for their children. It is designed to be particularly useful for families who may be less familiar with such a large school division and/or with schooling in the U.S.  

The MSAOC Parent Advocacy Handbook can be found at this link. It is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Korean.

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Wednesday, November 23 – Friday, November 25 – Thanksgiving Break - School Closed

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Did you also know we have a Facebook page?! Check us out! We try to share all the fun things going on!

Attention

There will be no PTA General Membership meeting for this month (November) and December. The Twain PTA Board wishes you and yours a happy & healthy holiday season!

Cupcake Celebration

November 30th is Mark Twain’s Birthday…and we need your help! A fun tradition at Mark Twain Middle School is the annual observance of Mark Twain’s birthday, where every student and faculty member are given a cupcake in celebration!

Please sign up HERE to donate cupcakes for our celebration. With over 1,000 students at Twain, we are in need of a lot of cupcakes! Homemade or store-bought cupcakes are fine, and all flavors are welcome! We do have a need for allergen free cupcakes (ex: nut free, dairy free, or gluten free); please make sure to clearly label these cupcakes to prevent cross-contamination.

Cupcakes may be dropped off during Kiss N Ride that morning (we will have volunteers ready to accept them from the Kiss N Ride line) or they may be dropped off in the main office by 10:15 am on the 30th.

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute cupcakes during lunches. Upon arrival at the school, please sign in at the main office and proceed to the school cafeteria.

Thank you for helping with this fun Twain tradition!!

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Twain Theatre’s Fall Production

Twain MS is proud to present “Fall of the Mall,” created by our very own 8th grade Advanced Theater Students. Showtimes are 11/18 at 7:00 and 11/19 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM. You can buy tickets on our website here.

For any questions, feel free to reach out to Luke Scaros at [email protected]

PTA Updates

Join the Twain PTA!

Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year.

Did you also know we have a Facebook page?! Check us out! We try to share all the fun things going on!

Attention: There will be no PTA General Membership meeting for this month (November) and December. The MTMS PTA Board wishes you and yours a happy & healthy holiday season!

Mark your calendars!!

Our next Spirit Night! 2 Days! November 15th and 16th!

Help us give back to the PTA!!!

FUNDRAISER FLYER

 

5k Fun Run - November 19 Calendar Updates

Wednesday, November 23 – Friday, November 25 – Thanksgiving Break/School Closed

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Sunday, November 6 – Daylight Saving Time Ends – Move clocks back 1 hour

Tuesday, November 8 – Election Day – School Closed

Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day – Student Holiday/School Planning Day

1st Quarter Report Cards

Today, we distributed 1st quarter report cards to students during 8th period and we hope it serves as a good conversation starter at home about how the first quarter of the school year went. We hope your student has experienced many successes through the first 9 weeks of school and hope they can build on that momentum going forward. If you and your student see areas where improvement is needed, consider having them stay after school to work with a teacher, use their agenda to write down important assignments and dates, and create a home/school calendar to better manage their time.  

Grades are available through ParentVUE (there are temporary blackouts around grading periods), so please take advantage of this tool to help monitor how your child is doing in school. Here are some ways to make sure you are connected:

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

New Users:

Please use the parent account registration page to register your account. You will need an activation key to log in for the first time. o Please contact the school if you need a new activation key or are having issues logging onto your ParentVUE Account. Please include your name, email address, student's name, students ID number and a short description of what the issue is.

Returning Users:

Please go to https://sisparent.fcps.edu to log in to your ParentVUE Account.

Trouble logging in?

If you are unable to log into ParentVUE, contact the school to verify that your correct email has been added into SIS:

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5K Fun Run

On November 19th at 9:30 AM, please join us in an opportunity to build Twain's community as a family by participating in our 2nd Annual 5K Fun Run. To register, please use this form: https://forms.gle/oYhuC7RLFECSJdr67. You will need to pay the $5 registration fee in MySchool Bucks.  Wear your team Twain colors for the event and arrive at Twain's front parking lot at 9:30 AM. 

Yearbook

Purchase a Twain MS Yearbook today. Go to yearbookordercenter.com 

Use Twain’s code# 8606 

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Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Calendar Updates

Monday, October 31 – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Tuesday, November 8 – Election Day – School Closed

Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day – Student Holiday/School Planning Day

PTA Updates

Join the Twain PTA!

Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year.

Did you also know we have a Facebook page?! Check us out! We try to share all the fun things going on!

Big thanks to all who helped make our first Tiger Night a major SUCCESS!! The PTA would love to have another event like this during the winter months – if you have any suggestions, please send them to [email protected]!

Mark your calendars!!

Our next Spirit Night! 2 Days! November 15th and 16th!

Help us give back to the PTA!!!

 

Conversing with Your Teen about Drug Use

For some reason, as a culture we avoid talking about things that can be both lifesaving and life changing, such as finances, drugs, and other topics that make us uncomfortable. What do you wish you knew when you were younger that can be shared with your teenager now? Here’s a few tips for talking about drugs with your teenager.

What to Avoid

  • Overgeneralizations/horror stories - Ex: “People who use drugs go to jail and end up homeless.” -That’s not true for most people.
  • Sharing about how you used to do drugs - Ex: “I smoked in high school, so I understand wanting to experiment.” -THC content is much higher than when you may have used marijuana.
  • Having loose boundaries - Ex: “It’s okay if you do it at home, but not anywhere else.” -Too much room for grey area.

What to Do

  • Have a united front - Both parents need to communicate the same message. No good cop, bad cop.
  • Recognize addiction in your family - Speak the unspoken. Share information that could help your teen make an informed decision about “playing with fire” since they’re genetically predisposed.
  • Set a desired outcome for the conversation - What do you want your teen to understand before you get into the heavy conversation?
  • Focus on health, not behavior - Avoid finger pointing, literally and figuratively.
  • Set firm expectations & boundaries - Clearly explain what is and isn’t acceptable for your household and the associated consequences.
  • Keep a “cool head”
  • Withhold judgment
  • Be direct
  • Be prepared for your teen’s reaction.

Resources:

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/free-e-cigarette-quit-program

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs: https://dl.ebmcdn.net/fcps/courses/ATODParentPresentationRequired103119b/story_html5.html

Knowing the signs of Substance Abuse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VWGxTZrpCU 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

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Monday, October 24 – Diwali – School Closed

Friday, October 28 – 2 Hour Early Dismissal - 1st Quarter Ends

Monday, October 31 – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology Application Opens Monday

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (TJ) application goes live next Monday, October 24, at 4:00pm on the TJ admissions website. The deadline to begin a new application is Wednesday, November 16, and all applications must be finalized by Friday, November 18, at 4:00pm.  Any eligible 8th grade student who wishes to apply should click here to go straight to the TJ Freshman Application Process page. Eligibility information, steps to complete the application, and important dates are also listed so please read this page in its entirety.  As a reminder the application must be started by the student, not the parent, using their FCPS account information. Once the application is started parents will receive an auto-generated email with a link to create their own parent account. For more information about the TJ admissions process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions. Contact TJ liaison counselor Leslie Pilotti with any questions you may have at [email protected] or 703-313-3740.

Book Fair

The Twain Library Book Fair is here! The book fair will be held in the library during school hours on October 25, 26, & 27. We will also have special evening hours (4:45 PM - 7:00 PM) on Friday, October 21, so be sure to drop by before going to the Twain chorus Broadway Desserts event at 6:30 P.M.!

We have a wide variety of choice middle school fiction and non-fiction books, plus “fun stuff” (bookmarks, pens, keychains, fidget toys, etc.), additional books for younger children (such as picture books and board books)… and even some selected books in Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese! 

New this year: parents can set up an eWallet account for their kids to use at the book fair! The eWallet accounts can be set up and accessed at this website: https://www.bookwormbmaps.com/eWallet/ .  

For the first time we will also be able to accept Apple Pay and Google Pay— as well as cash, personal checks, and credit or debit cards, as usual.

Anyone attending the book fair in person can enter a drawing to win free books or other fun items!

Happy reading, and we hope to see you there!

 

Red Ribbon Week

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Mexican American man working for the DEA after serving in the Marine Corps, being a fireman, police officer, and deputy sheriff in California. While on assignment in Mexico for four years, he was on the trail of the country’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. He was getting close to exposing a multi-billion-dollar drug pipeline in 1985, until he was kidnapped that February. He was headed to lunch with his wife when he was last seen being thrown into a van by masked men, his body wasn’t discovered until a month later.

After his death, “Camarena Clubs” were launched in his hometown of Calexico, California. Hundreds wore red ribbons and pledged to lead a drug-free life in his honor. Then President Ronald Reagan was in office, so club members presented a proclamation to First Lady Nancy Reagan which brought it national attention. The campaign became official in 1988 by the National Family Partnership with President Reagan and “Just Say No” creator Mrs. Reagan as honorary chairpersons. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually from October 23-31st.

Check out this Google Earth video on “The Life of DEA Special Agent Kiki Camarena”.

Sources & Resources:

DEA

Fairfax CSB Opioid Info

REVIVE Training for Opioid Overdoses     

Medication Disposal

Teen Substance Use

FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program

DEA Drug Take Back Day

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

For further Information & support:

Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

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Attendance: 703.313.3737 | After-School Program: 703.313.3711
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