Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Tutor.com

Families, did you know that your child has access to expert help in a variety of subject-areas right in their Schoology courses? Learn about Tutor.com and how it specifically works in Middle School.

Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, October 5

No School - Student Holiday

Friday, October 7

SCA Elections

Team Color Spirit Day - Students & Staff are encouraged to wear their Team Color!

Saturday, October 15

Music Booster Car Wash - Note New Date

November 3

Picture Day Retakes

 

Principal’s Message

Today, we had our first Team Activity time during Rock Block. Each team had different activities that provided opportunities for students to be together as a full team: students cheered each other on as they participated in different games, learned about each other and the things they have in common through a team scavenger hunt, or tested their skills at basketball. This is the first of several opportunities for our students to build community as a team. Our next Team Challenge is Friday, October 7  - students and staff are encouraged to wear their team's color for a Spirit Day Friday! The team with the most participants will win 30 points for their team in our annual year-long, Team Challenge!

Speaking of teams… we are very excited to recognize our outstanding Custodian Team! Next week - October 3-7 is Custodian Appreciation Week. Our Custodians are dedicated to ensuring our building not only looks great, but is also safe and ready for teaching and learning every day! Please join us in thanking Ms. Maria Argueta, Mr. Guadalupe Avila, Mr. Luis Barreto, Ms. Maria Cespedes,  Ms. Kim Doan, Ms. Adjoa Ekoue, and Ms. Jae Youn for their dedication and service to our school and community! It is an honor to work with them daily. 

Cindy Conley, Principal

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Admissions

Interested Irving students and families please join us on Monday October 17th from 6-7PM at Irving – Barker Hall Auditorium for a TJHSST information session brought to you by a Thomas Jefferson Representative. Come learn about the programs, classes, student life and the admission application.

What is TJHSST?

A FCPS regional Governor’s high school (9-12th grades) for students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Please view this YouTube video with lots of important TJ information prior to attending this meeting https://youtu.be/3JyLgzAoaqg 

 Eligibility to Apply:

(1)    Residency requirement-FCPS is included

(2)  Completed a full-year course of Algebra 1, OR be currently enrolled in a full-year course of honors-level Algebra 1 or higher

(3)  Be enrolled in honors science

(4)  Be enrolled in honors social studies OR English OR be identified as a “Young Scholar”

(5)  Have a 3.5 or higher GPA in all cores academic courses (math, science, social studies, English, and if taken for high school credit, world language) at the time of application. 

TJHSST Admissions: Contact Information

Admissions Office (general inquiries): Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Phone:571-423-3770         Email: [email protected] Website: www.tjadmissions.org

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.

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 support: Kenneth Johnson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, [email protected] 

A Google Earth: special preview 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

Upcoming Finance Park Field Trip

In the next two weeks, 8th grade students will be learning about personal finance in their upcoming Civics classes. Their studies will culminate with a field trip to Junior Achievement’s Finance Park in Fairfax, VA from 8:30am-1pm. The student schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, 10/7: Red Team
    • Civics Teacher: Shuhler
    • Class Periods: All
  • Tuesday, 10/11: White Team 1
    • Civics Teacher: Dachille
    • Class Periods: 2, 4, 6 (with Sommers), 8 (with Toothaker)
  • Wednesday, 10/12: White Team 2
    • Civics Teachers: Dachille, Toothaker, Simpson
    • Class Periods: Dachille 1 and 5 (with Toothaker), Toothaker 1, 2, 4, Simpson
  • Thursday, 10/13: Black Team
    • Civics Teacher: Brambila
    • Class Periods: All
  • Friday, 10/14: Purple Team
    • Civics Teacher: Poelstra
    • Class Periods: All

Students will be receiving a permission slip in their Civics classes. Students will be eating lunch at Finance Park, so please plan on packing a lunch or having your student pre-order a lunch in their Civics class. If you are interested in volunteering to help support our students during their Finance Park experience please register HERE. To register, create an account and then click on the magnifying glass in the top right corner of the page. Enter “Irving MS” and then identify which date your student will be visiting Finance Park. Please email your student’s Civics teacher with any questions.

World Language Credit Exam

Can your child read and write proficiently in another language? If the answer is YES than you may want to register them for the World Language Credit Exam

What is the World Language Credit Exam?

A free, optional test offered by FCPS to provide students the opportunity to EARN HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT for their ability to read and write in another language. This is a rigorous test that assesses language experience (example, student can read entire newspaper in another language and write an essay using complete sentences).

Why take the World Language Credit Exam?

If students pass the exam, they can earn up to three (3) high school credits towards the advanced diploma language graduation requirements.

When is the World Language Credit Exam?

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. You will only be registered for one date. Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.

If you are interested in registering your child for this test, please email your child’s assigned school counselor:

7th Grade:

Mrs. Pareja – [email protected], Mr. Frenck – [email protected]

8th Grade:

Ms. Nelson – [email protected], Ms. Kiefaber – [email protected]

Food For Neighbors

Thank you for an amazing Red Bag Collection on September 11; all of our volunteers were amazing! The Springfield area collected over 3500 lbs of food that will be sent right back out to our students in need. 

Food for Neighbors is an all-volunteer organization committed to helping local teens struggling with hunger. The food donated goes straight to students and families in Springfield and neighboring communities.

With your support, we can reach even more students in need. Participation is as simple as filling a Food For Neighbors Red Bag once every other month and putting it on your porch on our pick up days. We provide the bags, a desired food list, and pick-up date reminder texts. Our next collection day is October 29th. If you would like to donate food, please register as a Red Bag Donor here. If you would like to volunteer as a driver to pick up food or to help sort the food once it is delivered to Irving on our collection days, please sign up here.

If your student needs extra food for the weekend (soup/pasta, crackers, granola bars, oatmeal, fruit snack or milk/juice), please email Meg Gollinger at [email protected]

Parent Resource Center Webinars

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year it offers family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

Library News

Our “Readers Unite” after-school book club begins on Monday, October 3rd.  It is open to students who like to read and discuss books.  It happens during the first block, from 2:30 until 3:25, and meets in the library.

Students who participated in the Summer READ! Program have not been forgotten.  All students who read any books and reported on their reading through our Google form will be invited to the library for a special celebration on October 7th.  At that gathering, the four winners of our Barnes & Noble gift cards will be announced.

There are a lot of school holidays in October.  If you’d like to see your student spending some time reading on those days at home, encourage them to visit the library and to always have “their next book” ready to read!

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

After School Information

Philosophy

The After School program at Irving Middle School provides students access to high-quality activities in a safe environment for all students. The Program strives to improve academic performance, foster social, emotional, and physical well-being, all while reducing the potential for risk-taking behaviors.

Program Structure & Club Sign Ups

We will offer late buses on Mondays, Tuesdays, SOME Wednesdays, and Thursdays, buses depart from Irving between 4:35pm and 5:00pm. The weekly sign-up regenerates weekly, the link will be available Fridays by 10am. Updates and changes will be shared via Schoology, lunch (cafeteria), Rock Block and the after school program board.

Student Council Association (SCA)

The SCA Election will be held Friday, October 7.

T.R.I.B.E. - 8th Grade Boys

Begins Monday, October 3, during the 1st Block. 

News from the PTA & Music Boosters PTA

If you missed the first PTA meeting and want to volunteer for anything (see the list in the "Volunteer Form" on the MemberHub site), don't hesitate to contact [email protected] to ensure we’re in touch. 

"All things PTA" are available on the PTA's page https://irvingms.memberhub.com/ (please copy and paste as the links don’t work from this email).

Restaurant Spirit "Nights" are here!! Get food! Support Irving! Win-Win!!

- Sep 21-25: Jersey Mike's Spirit Week! (coupons required)

- Oct 17-21: Chik-Fil-A Spirit Week! (just mention "Irving Middle School" - no mobile orders)

- Nov 16, 5-9 pm: Chipotle Spirit Night! (online orders possible)

Flyers and details are available on the PTA homepage and will be on the PTA Facebook page!

Mark your calendars for the next PTA meeting November 15th - 6:30-7:30pm.

Please be on the lookout for a SignUp Genius for upcoming Teacher Appreciation events. If you have any questions about the PTA, you can always contact us at [email protected] Thanks for your support!

Music Boosters Car Wash

Music Boosters Car wash has been postponed due to the rain forecast; new date is 15 October, 9 am - 12 pm

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

September 21-25

Don’t forget to stop by Jersey Mike’s for the PTA Spirit week! Click HERE for the required flyer

Monday, September 26

Teacher Workday - Student Holiday (no school)

Tuesday, September 27

After School Activities and Clubs Begin

Wednesday, September 28

Virginia Growth Assessment - Math (all students except those in Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra II)

We will run periods 3, 1, 5, & 7

 

Principal’s Message

We are excited to celebrate with West Springfield High School as they play Hayfield Secondary this evening at their Homecoming game beginning at 7:00 pm. To ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all attendees, please note that middle and elementary students attending the game MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian. To support WSHS and our students who attend the game, a member of the Irving Middle School staff attends each WSHS football game to help encourage good sportsmanship and behavior at the games. 

This afternoon, WSHS will hold their annual Homecoming Parade at 4:30 - going down Carrleigh Parkway, left on Forrester BLVD and then up Rolling Road to the high school. We have reminded students to have fun and represent Irving MS and themselves in a positive manner. Candy will be thrown out to spectators along the route. 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend! Go Spartans!

Cindy Conley, Principal

World Language Credit Exam

Can your child read and write proficiently in another language? If the answer is YES than you may want to register them for the World Language Credit Exam

What is the World Language Credit Exam?

A free, optional test offered by FCPS to provide students the opportunity to EARN HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT for their ability to read and write in another language. This is a rigorous test that assesses language experience (example, student can read entire newspaper in another language and write an essay using complete sentences).

Why take the World Language Credit Exam?

If students pass the exam, they can earn up to three (3) high school credits towards the advanced diploma language graduation requirements.

When is the World Language Credit Exam?

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. You will only be registered for one date. Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.

If you are interested in registering your child for this test, please email your child’s assigned school counselor:

7th Grade:

Mrs. Pareja – [email protected], Mr. Frenck – [email protected]

8th Grade:

Ms. Nelson – [email protected], Ms. Kiefaber – [email protected]

Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)

My name is Kerstin Alonzo and I am the Military and Family Life Counselor at Washington Irving MIddle School. I look forward to working with military students, their families and the school staff this year. My role is to provide non-medical counseling to enhance the social, academic and emotional skills that empower military students to reach their goals. Please feel free to contact me to request a session. I look forward to this opportunity to support the WIMS community.

PHONE: (202)253-4706; EMAIL: [email protected] 

If your child can’t participate in PE

If your child is unable to participate in PE class please have the child’s doctor complete this form. Once completed, please return the form to your child’s PE teacher and our School Health Assistant, Nick Hajigurban at [email protected]

If your child arrives late or needs to leave early

If your child arrives late to school, they need to sign in in Student Services to get a pass. If your child needs to leave early, please call the attendance line (703-912-4545) or send a note with your child. In either case, he/she should report to Student Services first thing in the morning to receive a pass. Parents/guardians must come into the school building to sign out their child and will be asked to show photo identification. Parents/guardians must also provide permission for their child to be picked up by someone other than a parent/guardian.

Food For Neighbors

Thank you for an amazing Red Bag Collection on September 11; all of our volunteers were amazing! The Springfield area collected over 3500 lbs of food that will be sent right back out to our students in need. 

Food for Neighbors is an all-volunteer organization committed to helping local teens struggling with hunger. The food donated goes straight to students and families in Springfield and neighboring communities.

With your support, we can reach even more students in need. Participation is as simple as filling a Food For Neighbors Red Bag once every other month and putting it on your porch on our pick up days. We provide the bags, a desired food list, and pick-up date reminder texts. Our next collection day is October 29th. If you would like to donate food, please register as a Red Bag Donor here. If you would like to volunteer as a driver to pick up food or to help sort the food once it is delivered to Irving on our collection days, please sign up here.

If your student needs extra food for the weekend (soup/pasta, crackers, granola bars, oatmeal, fruit snack or milk/juice), please email Meg Gollinger at [email protected]

Parent Resource Center Webinars

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year it offers family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-912-4500, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

Tutor.com

Families, did you know that your child has access to expert help in a variety of subject-areas right in their Schoology courses? Learn about Tutor.com and how it specifically works in Middle School.

SIS ParentVue Weekly Progress Reports

Are you interested in receiving weekly progress reports to stay informed about how your child is doing in their classes? Find out more and sign up HERE.

Library News

Off to a Busy Start!

Every student at Irving should have had the opportunity to visit the library so far this year.  We have already hosted all of the 7th grade English classes twice, and the 8th-grade classes once.  In addition to the classroom visits scheduled by teachers, students are able to pop into the library before or after school, or may come during their daily break session or during 3rd period ROCK Block sessions.    

We love to promote reading here at Irving.  Ask your student what book they are reading now.  It could be a book for an English project, a book for “Take Time” reading, or just a book they are reading for fun.

Our after-school book club begins on Monday, October 3rd.  It is open to students who like to read and discuss books.

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

(Photo to the left:  Students play “Giant Jenga” one day in the library during break.)

 

After School Information

Philosophy

The After School program at Irving Middle School provides students access to high-quality activities in a safe environment for all students. The Program strives to improve academic performance, foster social, emotional, and physical well-being, all while reducing the potential for risk-taking behaviors.

Program Structure & Club Sign Ups

Our After School Program will begin on Monday, September 19 for academics and Tuesday, September 27 for clubs and activities. We will offer late buses on Mondays, Tuesdays, SOME Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Updates and changes will be shared via Schoology, lunch (cafeteria) and the after school program board.

Student Council Association (SCA)

Mandatory information meeting on Tuesday, September 20, during the 1st block, for 8th grade students interested in becoming officers.

Volleyball

Volleyball Assessments will be on 9/27 & 9/29 during both blocks. 

News from the PTA & Music Boosters PTA

If you missed the first PTA meeting and want to volunteer for anything (see the list in the "Volunteer Form" on the MemberHub site), don't hesitate to contact [email protected] to ensure we’re in touch. 

"All things PTA" are available on the PTA's page https://irvingms.memberhub.com/ (please copy and paste as the links don’t work from this email).

Restaurant Spirit "Nights" are here!! Get food! Support Irving! Win-Win!!

- Sep 21-25: Jersey Mike's Spirit Week! (coupons required)

- Oct 17-21: Chik-Fil-A Spirit Week! (just mention "Irving Middle School" - no mobile orders)

- Nov 16, 5-9 pm: Chipotle Spirit Night! (online orders possible)

Flyers and details are available on the PTA homepage and will be on the PTA Facebook page!

Mark your calendars for the next PTA meeting November 15th - 630-730pm.

Music Boosters Car Wash

SAVE THE DATE- Saturday October 1st- CAR WASH: Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 12pm.

The car wash is a great way to support the WIMS Music Program. This has been a very successful way of supporting WIMS music, assisting with the purchase of new equipment and supporting the Spring Trip. 

 

Music Boosters Car Wash

SAVE THE DATE- Saturday October 1st- CAR WASH: Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 12pm.

The car wash is a great way to support the WIMS Music Program. This has been a very successful way of supporting WIMS music, assisting with the purchase of new equipment and supporting the Spring Trip. 

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
Attendance: 703-912-4545 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, September 19

After School Academic Support Begins

Wednesday, September 21

Virginia Growth Assessment - Reading (all students)

We will run periods 3, 1, 5, & 7

Monday, September 26

Teacher Workday - Student Holiday (no school)

Tuesday, September 27

After School Activities and Clubs Begin

Wednesday, September 28

Virginia Growth Assessment - Math (all students except those in Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra II)

We will run periods 3, 1, 5, & 7

 

Principal’s Message

Our newsletter this week is lengthy, however the information included is important regarding due dates, testing,  after school activities, and resources available to students and families. Please take some time to read through it, in its entirety. 

This weekend we recognize Patriot Day on Sunday, September 11. On Monday, we will hold a special moment of silence to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We are so grateful to all of our WIMS military connected and first responder families who protect and defend our freedom. Thank you for working tirelessly to ensure our rights and freedom are protected.

Cindy Conley, Principal

SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-912-4500, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

NOTIFICATION OF TESTING - Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

All students in grades K-12 will participate in the screener twice a year, in the fall and spring. For students in grades K-2, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences. Screener data will only be accessible to teachers, administrators, and staff with legitimate educational interests. Results will be maintained in secure files and databases accessible only to these individuals. Screener results will be used with other data to inform practices for SEL skill development and mental wellness. Screener data will also help staff plan interventions for students with identified needs. Parents and guardians will receive an individualized report regarding their student’s screener results following each assessment window in SIS ParentVUE. School staff will be available to discuss results with families on planned support.

Irving Middle School has selected October 18 for our fall SEL screener. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form located on this webpage to the school or complete the opt-out via your SIS ParentVUE account by October 12. 

More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892). Please contact your student's school counselor or the school's test coordinator (Leigh Arscott, [email protected]) with questions.

You may select a preferred language for viewing a pdf version of this notification letter here.

Understanding the Dangers of Opioid Use

As we begin the 2022-23 school year, public schools nationwide face a growing student wellness crisis. Our students' wellness challenges impact their ability to perform at their best in the classroom and may lead to other destructive behaviors. 

In Northern Virginia, the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities including young adults, and sometimes school-age children. Tragically, this can lead to devastating outcomes. There are three things you can do now, to support student wellness and increase understanding of the dangers of opioids and fentanyl:

  • Talk with children and loved ones in your life about the dangers of drug use, especially opioids. For more information, tips on how to recognize and prevent substance abuse, and available support services, watch this webinar.
  • Safely store and dispose of medications to prevent drug misuse.
  • Sign up for a Virtual REVIVE! training class to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and administer naloxone nasal spray to reverse an opioid overdose.

Learn more about the dangers of opioids and available resources on our website. Visit the Student Safety and Wellness webpage for more information about a variety of topics related to student wellbeing. 

  • Resources: 
NOTIFICATION OF TESTING - Math Inventory and Reading Inventory

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) uses the Math Inventory and Reading Inventory with secondary students in grades 7-12 to determine students’ strengths and needs in mathematics and literacy. All students in middle school and selected students in high school participate in these assessments.

The purpose of these assessments is to identify students who may benefit from additional support with literacy and mathematics skills. In addition, school teams will consider assessment results as they plan instruction for your student. Assessments are administered at the beginning of the school year. Depending on grade level and initial performance, students may participate in follow-up assessment in the winter and/or in the spring. After the close of each testing window, a Math Inventory and Reading Inventory Score Report is published to SIS ParentVUE for you to review.

Additional information about these assessments can be found at the following webpages:

If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s English or mathematics teacher.

You may select a preferred language for viewing a pdf version of this FCPS Math Inventory and Reading Inventory notification letter here: (https://www.fcps.edu/node/44059

NOTIFICATION OF TESTING - State Assessments Grades 3-8

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932);  
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021); 
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/45043).  

Grade

VGA Content Areas Tested

(Fall and Winter)

SOL Content Areas Tested

(Spring)

LAA Content Areas Tested

(Ongoing)

3

Reading, Mathematics

Reading, Mathematics

Science, Social Studies

4

Reading, Mathematics

Reading, Mathematics

Social Studies

5

Reading, Mathematics

Science, Reading, Mathematics

Writing

6

Reading, Mathematics*

Reading, Mathematics

Social Studies

7

Reading, Mathematics*

Reading, Mathematics

Social Studies

8

Reading, Mathematics*

Science, Reading, Mathematics

Social Studies, Writing

    * VGA tests are not available for students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing math course, such as Algebra 1 or Geometry.

The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). At Irving Middle School, we will continue to update and remind you about upcoming dates students are scheduled to take the standardized VGA and SOL assessments. Our tentatively planned dates are below, but these are still subject to change. If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or our school test coordinator, Leigh Arscott at [email protected] or 703-912-4645.

Tentative state assessment dates for Irving MS students:

  • September 21 – Fall Reading VGA
  • September 28 – Fall Math VGA
  • December 6 – Winter Reading VGA
  • December 12 – Winter Math VGA
  • May 2 – Grade 8 Science SOL exam
  • May 8 – Reading SOL exams
  • May 12 – Math SOL exam

You may select a preferred language for viewing a pdf version of this FCPS State Assessment notification letter here: (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42716

Irving Parent/Guardian Schoology Course

Have you checked out the resources available to ALL parents/guardians in the Irving Parent/Guardian Schoology Course? There are calendar resources, information about the After School Program, how to sign up for communication such as Internet usage reports for your child’s FCPSOn device and Here Comes the Bus Mobile app, as well as ParentVue and Schoology resources, just to name a few! 

Tutor.com

Families, did you know that your child has access to expert help in a variety of subject-areas right in their Schoology courses? Learn about Tutor.com and how it specifically works in Middle School.

SIS ParentVue Weekly Progress Reports

Are you interested in receiving weekly progress reports to stay informed about how your child is doing in their classes? Find out more and sign up HERE.

Library News

VIRGINIA READERS CHOICE BOOKS ARE IN:

The Irving Library is getting ready for students!  All of our new 2022-2023 Virginia Readers’ Choice titles are on display and waiting for readers.  

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO READ THIS SUMMER:  

Over ONE HUNDRED entries have been submitted so far in our SUMMER READ!  Prize raffle.  All students can open the SUMMER READ! bingo card through their FCPS Google account.  The Google form to fill out after students have read books is also available online at: https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2022  

After School Information

Philosophy

The After School program at Irving Middle School provides students access to high-quality activities in a safe environment for all students. The Program strives to improve academic performance, foster social, emotional, and physical well-being, all while reducing the potential for risk-taking behaviors.

Program Structure & Club Sign Ups

Our After School Program will begin on Monday, September 19 for academics and Tuesday, September 27 for clubs and activities. We will offer late buses on Mondays, Tuesdays, SOME Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Updates and changes will be shared via Schoology, lunch (cafeteria) and the after school program board.

SCA

Mandatory information meeting on Tuesday, September 20, during the 1st block, for 8th grade students that are interested in becoming officers.

Volleyball

Volleyball Assessments will be on 9/27 & 9/29 during both blocks.

News from the PTA

The first PTA meeting of the year had a great turnout! Thanks to all who joined, contributed, and volunteered to help with committees. For those who volunteered for a committee during the meeting, please send an email to [email protected] to ensure we’re in touch. If you’ve already done so – thanks!  We’re still looking for volunteers for the Website, Bank Reconciliation and 1-2 more people for Grants. Also – if ANY of the committees sound interesting (see the list in the "Volunteer Form" on the MemberHub site), let us know – we could always use more than one person, and it’s a great way to connect with the school. 

Our next meeting is in November. To stay up to date on all things Irving PTA (such as Spirit Wear and Restaurant nights (both coming SOON!))  please join the PTA through https://irvingms.memberhub.com/ (please copy and paste as the links don’t work).

Be on the lookout for info about Jersey Mike's Restaurant "Night" - for September 21st - 25th - in next week's News You Choose and on the PTA Facebook page!

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Irving PTA 1st Meeting tonight!

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Our first PTA general membership meeting is TONIGHT! - September 6th at 630pm by Zoom: 

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Meeting ID: 831 6219 0294

Passcode: WIMS

It is also on the MemberHub page - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/.

Hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, September 2 & Monday, September 5

No School - Labor Day Holiday weekend

Tuesday, September 6

Virtual PTA Meeting - 6:30 pm - Zoom Link 

Meeting ID: 831 6219 0294

Passcode: WIMS

Monday, September 19

After School Academic Support Begins

Wednesday, September 21

Virginia Growth Assessment - Reading (all students)

We will run periods 3, 1, 5, & 7

Monday, September 26

Teacher Workday - Student Holiday (no school)

Tuesday, September 27

After School Activities and Clubs Begin

Wednesday, September 28

Virginia Growth Assessment - Math (all students except those in Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra II)

We will run periods 3, 1, 5, & 7

 

Principal’s Message

Thank you for attending our virtual Back to School Night sessions this past Tuesday. We hope you found the information helpful. I do apologize for my connection and the audio at the beginning of the general session recording, if you have any questions about the staff that I covered, please do not hesitate to reach out to either them or me. We have also included the slide decks and recordings from our optional sessions below. 

This week Ms. Cincinnati (7th grade Assistant Principal) and Mr. Spear (8th grade Assistant Principal) met with our students during 3rd period Advisory for Students Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) assemblies.  Next week in 3rd period Advisory, students will be reviewing the division video safety videos and taking the SR&R assessment. We really appreciate how attentive the students were during the presentations this week. The FCPS website has a copy of the lockdown video we will be showing students next week - to view the video, please click this link

I hope you have a safe and wonderful Labor Day long weekend. As with all of our long breaks, students do not need to complete any homework over the long weekend - if you are looking for something for them to do, we always recommend reading. We also ask our staff to take time for themselves and step aways from email and work. They will be available again on Tuesday, September 6. 

Cindy Conley, Principal

Virtual Back to School Night

Special Education Session: Slide Deck and Recording

ESOL Session: Slide Deck - this session was not recorded - should you have any questions after reviewing the slides, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Abdifatah, Ms. Turner, Ms. Sakas, or Ms. Gollinger. 

Family Life Education (FLE) Session:  Slide Deck and Recording

Back to School Night Main Session Presentation: Slide Deck and Recording

Meet Your Teachers: Flipgrid - if you have difficulty viewing these videos, please have your child login to Flipgrid to view the videos.

Parent Consent Form for Digital Resources

We need your help! If you have not yet provided permission for your child to use certain digital resources which require consent, we ask that you view the information about these digital resources on our website and complete the online form today. Thank you!

NOTIFICATION OF TESTING - Math Inventory and Reading Inventory

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) uses the Math Inventory and Reading Inventory with secondary students in grades 7-12 to determine students’ strengths and needs in mathematics and literacy. All students in middle school and selected students in high school participate in these assessments.

The purpose of these assessments is to identify students who may benefit from additional support with literacy and mathematics skills. In addition, school teams will consider assessment results as they plan instruction for your student. Assessments are administered at the beginning of the school year. Depending on grade level and initial performance, students may participate in follow-up assessment in the winter and/or in the spring. After the close of each testing window, a Math Inventory and Reading Inventory Score Report is published to SIS ParentVUE for you to review.

Additional information about these assessments can be found at the following webpages:

If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s English or mathematics teacher.

You may select a preferred language for viewing a pdf version of this FCPS Math Inventory and Reading Inventory notification letter here: (https://www.fcps.edu/node/44059

NOTIFICATION OF TESTING - State Assessments Grades 3-8

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932);  
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021); 
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/45043).  

Grade

VGA Content Areas Tested

(Fall and Winter)

SOL Content Areas Tested

(Spring)

LAA Content Areas Tested

(Ongoing)

3

Reading, Mathematics

Reading, Mathematics

Science, Social Studies

4

Reading, Mathematics

Reading, Mathematics

Social Studies

5

Reading, Mathematics

Science, Reading, Mathematics

Writing

6

Reading, Mathematics*

Reading, Mathematics

Social Studies

7

Reading, Mathematics*

Reading, Mathematics

Social Studies

8

Reading, Mathematics*

Science, Reading, Mathematics

Social Studies, Writing

    * VGA tests are not available for students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing math course, such as Algebra 1 or Geometry.

The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). At Irving Middle School, we will continue to update and remind you about upcoming dates students are scheduled to take the standardized VGA and SOL assessments. Our tentatively planned dates are below, but these are still subject to change. If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or our school test coordinator, Leigh Arscott at [email protected] or 703-912-4645.

Tentative state assessment dates for Irving MS students:

  • September 21 – Fall Reading VGA
  • September 28 – Fall Math VGA
  • December 6 – Winter Reading VGA
  • December 12 – Winter Math VGA
  • May 2 – Grade 8 Science SOL exam
  • May 8 – Reading SOL exams
  • May 12 – Math SOL exam

You may select a preferred language for viewing a pdf version of this FCPS State Assessment notification letter here: (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42716

Student Laptop Internet Usage Report

Interested in receiving an internet activity and usage report for your child’s FCPSOn device? Find out more and sign up HERE.

SIS ParentVue Weekly Progress Reports

Are you interested in receiving weekly progress reports to stay informed about how your child is doing in their classes? Find out more and sign up HERE.

Library News

VIRGINIA READERS CHOICE BOOKS ARE IN:

The Irving Library is getting ready for students!  All of our new 2022-2023 Virginia Readers’ Choice titles are on display and waiting for readers.  

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO READ THIS SUMMER:  

Over ONE HUNDRED entries have been submitted so far in our       SUMMER READ!  Prize raffle.  All students can open the SUMMER READ! bingo card through their FCPS Google account.  The Google form to fill out after students have read books is also available online at: https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2022  

Irving Stays After After School Information

Philosophy

The After School program at Irving Middle School provides students access to high-quality activities in a safe environment for all students. The Program strives to improve academic performance, foster social, emotional, and physical well-being, all while reducing the potential for risk-taking behaviors.

Program Structure & Club Sign Ups

Our After School Program will begin on Monday, September 19 for academics and Monday, September 26 for clubs and activities. We will offer late buses on Mondays, Tuesdays, SOME Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 

Volleyball

Volleyball Assessments will be on 9/27 & 9/29 during both blocks. 

For more information about Teen Center, please click on this link to the Fairfax County website. The flyer is also available via the Schoology Parent Course. 

News from the PTA

Greetings from the PTA! 

Many, many thanks to all who volunteered and donated for the Back to School Teacher/Staff breakfast!! We couldn't have done it without you! 

We have a lot planned for this year, and we hope you’ll join us, by joining the PTA!

To do "all things PTA" - join, see the latest announcements, volunteer for a committee (we need committee leads!...we can't do MORE things without volunteers), find the Facebook page, or purchase spirit wear, go to  - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/ (either click, or copy and paste into a browser).

Our first PTA general membership meeting is September 6th at 630pm by Zoom: 

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/83162190294?pwd=Rm5MVjF5UU55N2pxa3lEUGFEd1dZdz09

Meeting ID: 831 6219 0294

Passcode: WIMS

It is also on the MemberHub page.

Hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Important Dates

Tuesday, August 30

Virtual Back to School Night 6:00-8:00 pm - see below

Friday, September 2 & Monday, September 5

No School - Labor Day Holiday weekend

Tuesday, September 6

Virtual PTA Meeting - 6:30 pm

Monday, September 19

After School Academic Support Begin

Wednesday, September 21

Virginia Grade level Assessment - Reading (all students)

We will run periods 3, 1, 5, & 7

Monday, September 26

Teacher Workday - Student Holiday (no school)

Tuesday, September 27

After School Activities and Clubs Begin

Wednesday, September 28

Virginia Grade level Assessment - Math (all students)

We will run periods 3, 1, 5, & 7

 

Principal’s Message

What a fantastic week! We have truly enjoyed welcoming back students this week. Above are some of the ways our students used imagination drawing to display their artistic skills in Art classes. At Irving our goal is to make sure that every student feels Empowered, Skilled, & Fulfilled when they  complete the 8th grade. 

This week students participated in lessons about our ROCK character traits which include Respect, Ownership, Communication, and Kindness. Throughout the week we have seen so many examples of students demonstrating one or more of the characteristics of a ROCK Star student. We cannot wait to see how they grow in these traits this year. Please be sure to ask your child how they are demonstrating these traits at school, at home, and in the community. We hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Cindy Conley, Principal

Virtual Back to School Night

Tuesday, August 30, Irving Middle School will be hosting a virtual Back to School Night via Zoom. Below are the links you will use to access our sessions. 

6:00-6:30 - Special Education - if you have questions regarding Special Education, please join Ms. Mikaela Antonio (Special Education Department Chair) and Ms. Emily Cincinnati (Special Education Administrator) via this Zoom Link

6:00-6:30 - ESOL - if you have questions regarding ESOL, please join Ms. Barisa Abdifatah (ESOL Department Chair) and Ms. Meg Gollinger (Director of Student Services) via this Zoom Link

6:00-6:30 - Family Life Education (FLE) - if you would like to ask questions about our FLE curriculum, please join Ms. Brittany Kirtner (Health & PE Teacher) and Shawn Spear (Assistant Principal) via this Zoom Link

6:45-8:00 - Back to School Night Presentation - please join the Leadership Team at Irving Middle School via this Zoom Link

Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school and is coming up in the next few days. 

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Parent Consent Form for Digital Resources

Parents/guardians, we need your consent! Each year parents/guardians must provide permission for all of their children in FCPS to use certain digital resources which require consent. Information about these digital resources can be found on our website, along with a link to the online form. We ask that you complete this form as soon as possible to ensure your child is able to access resources needed in classes. Thank you!

Student Laptop Distribution

Interested in receiving an internet activity and usage report for your child’s FCPSOn device? Find out more and sign up HERE.

SIS ParentVue Weekly Progress Reports

Are you interested in receiving weekly progress reports to stay informed about how your child is doing in their classes? Find out more and sign up HERE.

Library News

VIRGINIA READERS CHOICE BOOKS ARE IN:

The Irving Library is getting ready for students!  All of our new 2022-2023 Virginia Readers’ Choice titles are on display and waiting for readers.  

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO READ THIS SUMMER:  

Over ONE HUNDRED entries have been submitted so far in our SUMMER READ!  Prize raffle.  All students can open the SUMMER READ! bingo card through their FCPS Google account.  The Google form to fill out after students have read books is also available online at: https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2022 

Irving Stays After

Philosophy

The After School program at Irving Middle School provides students access to high-quality activities in a safe environment for all students. The Program strives to improve academic performance, foster social, emotional, and physical well-being, all while reducing the potential for risk-taking behaviors.

Program Structure & Club Sign Ups

Our After School Program will begin on Monday, September 19 for academics and Monday, September 26 for clubs and activities. We will offer late buses on Mondays, Tuesdays, SOME Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

News from the PTA

Greetings from the PTA! We are excited about the excellent start to the new year. Thanks for all who stopped by the PTA table at the Open House - it was good to see so many familiar faces and distribute most of the spirit wear!

We have a lot planned for this year, and we hope you’ll join us, by joining the PTA!

To do "all things PTA" - join, see the latest announcements, volunteer for a committee (we need committee leads!), find the Facebook page, or purchase spirit wear, go to  - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/ (either click, or copy and paste into a browser).

Our first PTA general membership meeting is September 6th at 630pm. It will be virtual via Zoom and details about how to join will be sent the week before the meeting and posted on the MemberHub page.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, August 22

First Day of the 2022-2023 School Year - 7:30 am -2:15 pm

Tuesday, August 30

Virtual Back to School Night 6:00-8:00 pm - more information to come

 

Thank you!

Thank you for a successful Open House and thank you for your patience with transportation issues today during Orientation. We had almost 900 families visit during our 5 hour Open House. We are energized by the enthusiasm of our students and families and cannot wait to welcome all of our students to the 2022-2023 school year on Monday, August 22 at 7:30 am. If you were unable to attend the Open House please be sure to complete the required school forms and either drop them off or send them with your child on the first day of school. The forms are critical to ensuring we have the proper information on file in case we need to contact you or an emergency contact. Thank you for your help in ensuring we have the most up-to-date information. 

Bus Routes

A reminder that regular bus routes and pick up times are available in ParentVue. The first couple of weeks, our drivers will be working on continuing to learn routes and students, we thank you for your patience as they work to get the routes down. As drivers learn routes, please be sure your child arrives at the bus stop at least 15 minutes before the scheduled pick up time. 

Kiss and Ride 

If your child is a bus rider we HIGHLY suggest they ride the school bus. Our Kiss and Ride loop is small and will likely back up onto Old Keene Mill frequently during the first week of school. To help ensure a safe arrival and departure for ALL of our students, please follow the steps below. We, Thank You, for your help in ensuring safety for ALL. 

  • Students may be dropped off no earlier than 7:00 am.
  • Please pack your patience! With hundreds of cars driving the loop in a short amount of time, things are bound to back up. Please know staff is doing everything possible to get everyone out and into cars safely. 
  • Please put phones down - safety is key and we need everyone alert in our parking lot, especially as the sun rises later in winter. 
  • Follow the staff member’s directions in our parking lot. 
  • Do not drop students off at the front of the building. The front of the building is for buses only. 
Virtual Principal’s Coffee Recording

A couple of weeks ago, Ms. Conley held a virtual coffee and answered some questions about the opening of school. Below is the recording of the PM Zoom Session. We are working on getting color copies of the Blue/White day schedule as well as translations and will send them home with students once we receive them from the printers.

FLE Opt-out information

7th Grade FLE Opt-out Form

8th Grade FLE Opt-out Form

New Asthma Form for the 2022-2023 School Year

Attention parents of students with asthma and rescue inhalers. There are some changes to the Fairfax County Public School’s (FCPS) asthma care plan process beginning this school year for students who will have inhalers at school.  We will use the Virginia Asthma Action Plan template developed by the Virginia Asthma Coalition and adopted by the Virginia Department of Education to guide the care your student receives and serve as the health care provider orders. 

If your student has a rescue asthma medication prescribed, please have this form completed by your student’s health care provider. Additionally,

  • The prescriber must complete the yellow and red zone (Peak Flow is optional).
  • If asthma medication is to be given prior to exercise, this must be checked off in the appropriate box above the Yellow Zone on the form.
  • If the prescriber approves your student to carry and administer the medication, the appropriate box above where the prescriber signs must be checked.
  • Parent/guardian must also sign this document.

Once your health care provider has completed the Virginia Asthma Action Plan, you will need to complete the FCPS Authorization for VA Asthma Action Plan (SS/SE-65).

If you are planning to send in an inhaler in the fall and have not received an email with details, please reach out to the public health nurse at [email protected] for more information.

Parent Consent Form for Digital Resources

Parents/guardians, we need your consent! Each year parents/guardians must provide permission for all of their children in FCPS to use certain digital resources which require consent. Information about these digital resources can be found on our website, along with a link to the online form, which is now live! We ask that you complete this form as soon as possible to ensure your child is able to access resources needed in classes. Thank you!

Student Laptop Distribution

This year’s student laptop distribution will take place during English classes on Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26. If your child still has a laptop checked out from last year, it must be returned to the school that they received it from before we can issue them one this year.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now Available 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.

In addition to qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals, approved students may qualify for benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced-Price Meal application numbers. 

Paper copies of the application are available in the Student Services Office. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact Hang Nguyen at 703-912-4500 or [email protected].

Library News

VIRGINIA READERS CHOICE BOOKS ARE IN:

The Irving Library is getting ready for students!  All of our new 2022-2023 Virginia Readers’ Choice titles are on display and waiting for readers.  

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO READ THIS SUMMER:  

Over ONE HUNDRED entries have been submitted so far in our       SUMMER READ!  Prize raffle.  All students can open the SUMMER READ! bingo card through their FCPS Google account.  The Google form to fill out after students have read books is also available online at: https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2022 

Irving Stays After

Philosophy

The After School program at Irving Middle School provides students access to high-quality activities in a safe environment for all students. The Program strives to improve academic performance, foster social, emotional, and physical well-being, all while reducing the potential for risk-taking behaviors.

Program Structure & Club Sign Ups

Our After School Program will begin on Monday, September 19 for academics and Monday, September 26 for clubs and activities. We will offer late buses on Mondays, Tuesdays, SOME Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

News from the PTA

The PTA is excited to welcome our wonderful teachers and staff to a new school year!  

You can join the PTA via MemberHub here.

We are currently planning our first general membership meeting for September 6th. Stay tuned for more details!

Donations to the PTA

Throughout the year the PTA provides support to the school by supporting school initiatives such as buses for field trips, books for students, and teacher mini grants along with providing lunches, snacks, and treats to our teachers. If you are interested in making a donation to the PTA to support Irving, please feel free to donate money directly here.  All donations will be used throughout the year.

Find us on Facebook and stay up-to-date with our PTA via the Washington Irving PTA Facebook page.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

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News from the PTA

The PTA is excited to welcome our wonderful teachers and staff to a new school year!  We're providing a welcome breakfast on Monday, 8/15, as well as snacks and drinks to stock the teachers' lounge for the whole week...and we need your help!

The breakfast will start at 8 AM on Monday 8/15, so please drop off your items starting at 7:15 that day.  See the Sign Up Genius here for specific items needed!

We know everyone's busy, so if it is more convenient, please feel free to donate money directly here.  All donations will be used to provide lunches, snacks, and treats to our teachers throughout the year.

 

You can join the PTA via MemberHub here.

We are currently planning our first general membership meeting for September 6th. Stay tuned for more details!

Find us on Facebook and stay up-to-date with our PTA via the Washington Irving PTA Facebook page.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

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Upcoming Important Dates

August 1 - MONDAY!

Principal’s Virtual Coffee - 10:30 am and 7:00 pm

August 5-7

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

June 13-August 12

Irving Middle School Hours - 8:00-1:00 - Monday-Friday

Thursday, August 18

WIMS Open House 1:00-6:00 pm - more information to come

Friday, August 19

WIMS New Student Orientation - 7:30-9:30 am

  • For rising 7th grade and new to Irving 8th grade students only

Monday, August 22

First Day of the 2022-2023 School Year - 7:30 am -2:15 pm

Tuesday, August 30

Virtual Back to School Night 6:00-8:00 pm - more information to come

 

Monday, August 1 - Virtual Principal’s Coffee

Please join principal, Cindy Conley, to hear updates and information about the upcoming 2022-2023 school year at a virtual Principal’s Coffee via Zoom. Ms. Conley will share the same information in both sessions and most importantly will provide time for families to ask questions. Both sessions will be recorded - slides and recordings will be shared with all families after the meetings. Links to the sessions will be shared closer to the date. 

Session 1: 10:30-11:30 am - Link to join session: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98488216392

Webinar ID: 984 8821 6392

Session 2: 7:00-8:00 pm - Link to join session: 

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/99107837912

Webinar ID: 991 0783 7912

New Asthma Form for the 2022-2023 School Year

Attention parents of students with asthma and rescue inhalers. There are some changes to the Fairfax County Public School’s (FCPS) asthma care plan process beginning this school year for students who will have inhalers at school.  We will use the Virginia Asthma Action Plan template developed by the Virginia Asthma Coalition and adopted by the Virginia Department of Education to guide the care your student receives and serve as the health care provider orders. 

If your student has a rescue asthma medication prescribed, please have this form completed by your student’s health care provider. Additionally,

  • The prescriber must complete the yellow and red zone (Peak Flow is optional).
  • If asthma medication is to be given prior to exercise, this must be checked off in the appropriate box above the Yellow Zone on the form.
  • If the prescriber approves your student to carry and administer the medication, the appropriate box above where the prescriber signs must be checked.
  • Parent/guardian must also sign this document.

Once your health care provider has completed the Virginia Asthma Action Plan, you will need to complete the FCPS Authorization for VA Asthma Action Plan (SS/SE-65).

If you are planning to send in an inhaler in the fall and have not received an email with details, please reach out to the public health nurse at [email protected] for more information.

Update Your Child’s Immunizations!

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations. 

Please talk with your family healthcare provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. 

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

If you have any questions, please contact Hang Nguyen at 703-912-4535 or [email protected].

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now Available 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.

In addition to qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals, approved students may qualify for benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced-Price Meal application numbers. 

Paper copies of the application are available in the Student Services Office. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact Hang Nguyen at 703-912-4500 or [email protected].

Tax Free Weekend

August 5-7, 2022 will be a three-day sales tax holiday in the state of Virginia. For more information, visit Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday webpage. The School supply list is linked here.

  • Please note - due to the number of lost airpods and the ability to connect via bluetooth using airpods, ONLY wired headphones are permitted at Irving Middle School.
  • If you need assistance with School Supplies, please do not hesitate to reach out to Hang Nguyen at  703-912-4500 or [email protected].
Library News

Irving’s SUMMER READ! Program is back!!!   

Over forty entries have been submitted so far in our SUMMER READ! Prize raffle.  

Read some for your OWN benefit this summer, and let us know about what you’ve read and your name will be entered in our raffle.  See full details below and through the hyperlinks.

Rising 7th graders and rising 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in our SUMMER READ! Program this year.  Students pick books of their choice that meet the requirements of our reading “Bingo” card, and report via Google Form when they’ve finished reading each one.  For each book completed, students earn 1 ticket that is put into a raffle and earn 1 point for their school team for the 2022-2023 school year.  Students may earn up to 24 tickets.  Four student winners will be drawn from the tickets that are earned throughout the summer.  

The prizes are $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards!

All students can open the SUMMER READ! bingo card through their FCPS Google account.  The Google form to fill out after students have read books is also available online at: https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2022 

News from the PTA

Stay up-to-date with our PTA via the Washington Irving PTA Facebook page.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School

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Upcoming Important Dates

August 1 - Save the Date

Principal’s Virtual Coffee - 10:30 am and 7:00 pm

August 5-7

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

June 13-August 12

Irving Middle School Hours - 8:00-1:00 - Monday-Friday

Thursday, August 18

WIMS Open House 1:00-6:00 pm - more information to come

Friday, August 19

WIMS New Student Orientation - 7:30-9:30 am

  • For rising 7th grade and new to Irving 8th grade students only

Monday, August 22

First Day of the 2022-2023 School Year - 7:30 am -2:15 pm

Tuesday, August 30

Virtual Back to School Night 6:00-8:00 pm - more information to come

 

Save the Date - Monday, August 1 - Virtual Principal’s Coffee

Please join principal, Cindy Conley, to hear updates and information about the upcoming 2022-2023 school year at a virtual Principal’s Coffee via Zoom. Ms. Conley will share the same information in both sessions and most importantly will provide time for families to ask questions. Both sessions will be recorded - slides and recordings will be shared with all families after the meetings. Links to the sessions will be shared closer to the date. 

Session 1: 10:30-11:30 am

Session 2: 7:00-8:00 pm

Tax Free Weekend

August 5-7, 2022 will be a three-day sales tax holiday in the state of Virginia. For more information, visit Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday webpage. The School supply list is linked here.

  • Please note - due to the number of lost airpods and the ability to connect via bluetooth using airpods, ONLY wired headphones are permitted at Irving Middle School.
  • If you need assistance with School Supplies, please do not hesitate to reach out to Hang Nguyen at  703-912-4500 or [email protected].
Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now Available 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.

In addition to qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals, approved students may qualify for benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced-Price Meal application numbers. 

Paper copies of the application are available in the Student Services Office. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact Hang Nguyen at 703-912-4500 or [email protected].

Summer Resources

Looking for something new to do this summer. Be sure to take a look at the FCPS Summer Resources webpage  it is updated throughout the summer months.

Providing a Safe and Welcoming Space This School Year and Beyond

FCPS is proud of its caring culture and strives to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all students and families. The Fairfax County School Board’s recently approved Trust Policy solidifies that commitment. It aligns with Fairfax County’s Public Trust and Confidentiality Policy to ensure that FCPS students and families can access FCPS benefits and services without fear that information will be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to federal immigration officials. FCPS’ new Trust Policy webpage will be live soon, with the policy and other important information available in eight languages. Please keep an eye out for the link in an upcoming issue of FCPS This Week.

Update Your Child’s Immunizations!

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations. 

Please talk with your family healthcare provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. 

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

If you have any questions, please contact Hang Nguyen at 703-912-4535 or [email protected].

Library News

Irving’s SUMMER READ! Program is back!!!   

Over forty entries have been submitted so far in our SUMMER READ! Prize raffle.  

Read some for your OWN benefit this summer, and let us know about what you’ve read and your name will be entered in our raffle.  See full details below and through the hyperlinks.

Rising 7th graders and rising 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in our SUMMER READ! Program this year.  Students pick books of their choice that meet the requirements of our reading “Bingo” card, and report via Google Form when they’ve finished reading each one.  For each book completed, students earn 1 ticket that is put into a raffle and earn 1 point for their school team for the 2022-2023 school year.  Students may earn up to 24 tickets.  Four student winners will be drawn from the tickets that are earned throughout the summer.  

The prizes are $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards!

All students can open the SUMMER READ! bingo card through their FCPS Google account.  The Google form to fill out after students have read books is also available online at: https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2022 

News from the PTA

Stay up-to-date with our PTA via the Washington Irving PTA Facebook page.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
Attendance: 703-912-4545 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

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Upcoming Important Dates

July 20-22

Lost and Found Days CANCELLED

 

LOST and FOUND

Due to a miscommunication about donation dates of unclaimed lost and found items, all items were taken a week earlier than expected in preparation for the upcoming school cleaning.  We apologize for this miscommunication.

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

July 20-22

Lost and Found Days

June 13-August 12

Irving Middle School Hours - 8:00-1:00 - Monday-Friday

Thursday, August 18

WIMS Open House 1:00-6:00 pm - more information to come

Friday, August 19

WIMS New Student Orientation - 7:30-9:30 am

  • For rising 7th grade and new to Irving 8th grade students only

August 22

First Day of the 2022-2023 School Year - 7:30 am -2:15 pm

Tuesday, August 30

Virtual Back to School Night 6:00-8:00 pm - more information to come

 

Irving Middle School is Hiring!

Irving Middle School has two instructional vacancies - Special Education English Teacher and Special Education Reading Teacher. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our outstanding instructional team, please send your resume to our Assistant Principal, Emily Cincinnati at [email protected] and be sure to apply to FCPS by clicking here and selecting Irving Middle School in the “location” drop down box and then selecting the position you would like to apply.

LOST and FOUND

If your student is still missing items (water bottles, coats, jackets, hoodies, and bags) from the 21-22 school year, please come in on July 20-22 from 9:00-1:00 to look over Irving’s Lost & Found.  All unclaimed items will be laundered and donated to Echo.

School Supply List

The 2022-23 school supply list is located here.

Plan to Submit Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications This Summer

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten  days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. 

Watch your email and our website for more information. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact Hang Nguyen at 703-912-4500 or [email protected].

Update Your Child’s Immunizations!

As we begin to look ahead to the 2022-23 school year, I encourage everyone to Be Wise, Immunize! Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep children protected from many diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood immunizations during recent years of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and protect them from serious diseases.

I encourage you to check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, you can make an appointment with your healthcare provider or visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of child immunization clinics. 

Remember to request documentation of your child’s immunizations and bring that to Irving Middle School as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Hang Nguyen at 703-912-4500 or [email protected].

Library News

Irving’s SUMMER READ! Program is back!!!   Rising 7th graders and rising 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in our SUMMER READ! Program this year.  Students pick books of their choice that meet the requirements of our reading “Bingo” card, and report via Google Form when they’ve finished reading each one.  For each book completed, students earn 1 ticket that is put into a raffle and earn 1 point for their school team for the 2022-2023 school year.  Students may earn up to 24 tickets.  Four student winners will be drawn from the tickets that are earned throughout the summer.  The prizes are $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards!

All students can open the SUMMER READ! bingo card through their FCPS Google account.  The Google form to fill out after students have read books is also available online at: https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2022

News from the PTA

Stay up-to-date with our PTA via the Washington Irving PTA Facebook page.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

 Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
Attendance: 703-912-4545 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

June 13-August 12

Irving Middle School Hours - 8:00-1:00 - Monday-Friday

Thursday, August 18

WIMS Open House 1:00-6:00 pm - more information to come

Friday, August 19

WIMS New Student Orientation - 7:30-9:30 am

  • For rising 7th grade and new to Irving 8th grade students only

August 22

First Day of the 2022-2023 School Year - 7:30 am -2:15 pm

Tuesday, August 30

Virtual Back to School Night 6:00-8:00 pm - more information to come

 

Wishing you a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

School Supply List

The 2022-23 school supply list is located here.

Plan to Submit Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications This Summer

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten  days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. 

Watch your email and our website for more information. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact Hang Nguyen at 703-912-4500 or [email protected].

Update Your Child’s Immunizations!

As we begin to look ahead to the 2022-23 school year, I encourage everyone to Be Wise, Immunize! Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep children protected from many diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood immunizations during recent years of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and protect them from serious diseases.

I encourage you to check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, you can make an appointment with your healthcare provider or visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of child immunization clinics. 

Remember to request documentation of your child’s immunizations and bring that to Irving Middle School as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Hang Nguyen at 703-912-4500 or [email protected].

Library News

Irving’s SUMMER READ! Program is back!!!   Rising 7th graders and rising 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in our SUMMER READ! Program this year.  Students pick books of their choice that meet the requirements of our reading “Bingo” card, and report via Google Form when they’ve finished reading each one.  For each book completed, students earn 1 ticket that is put into a raffle and earn 1 point for their school team for the 2022-2023 school year.  Students may earn up to 24 tickets.  Four student winners will be drawn from the tickets that are earned throughout the summer.  The prizes are $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards!

All students can open the SUMMER READ! bingo card through their FCPS Google account.  The Google form to fill out after students have read books is also available online at: https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2022

News from the PTA

Congratulations to our incoming board officers: Robert Johnson - President, Katie Zeytoonian - Secretary, and Christy Whiteaker - Treasurer! 

Stay up-to-date with our PTA via the Washington Irving PTA Facebook page.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

 Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
Attendance: 703-912-4545 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

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