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Save these Important Dates
  • Thursday, August 15 - WIMS Open House - 2:00 pm - 5:00pm
  • Friday, August 16 - New Student Orientation* - 7:30 am - 10:00 am 
    • This activity is for all 7th grade students and only 8th grade students new to FCPS
  • Monday, August 19 - First Day of School - 7:30 am - 2:15 pm
Updates & Information Congratulations, Mr. Spear!

Please join us in thanking Mr. Shawn Spear, for 28 years of service to FCPS, the last 9 years being at Irving Middle School! Mr. Spear will be retiring from FCPS on July 31. We are so grateful to Mr. Spear and his commitment to a safe and positive learning environment for all staff and students. His unwavering dedication to ensuring that teaching and learning happens daily with minimal disruption, is evident by, as one student said, his ability to be "everywhere in the building". With an average daily step count of 20-30,000, we can confirm - Mr. Spear was everywhere, which made him excellent at building relationships and an expert in all things Irving Middle!

Mr. Spear will be supporting a new assistant principal in late July/early August. We will share more information once a candidate has officially been named. We wish Mr. Spear all the best in his future adventures!

Revised Bell Schedule

To ensure we are supporting students in the best ways possible academically, emotionally/socially, and behaviorally we have decided to adjust our bell schedule. Below is our updated bell schedule. This schedule offers

  • more consistency in planning lessons for our advisory time 
  • opportunities for students to start their days with a announcements and morning meeting
  • time for lessons that support positive behavior, social and emotional learning, and developing Portrait of a Graduate skills
  • teachers the ability to provide intervention and just in time support
  • students the time to demonstrate their learning through Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning (POGPOL)
  • enrichment opportunities for all students

Updated delayed opening and early dismissal bell schedules have been updated on our website

WIMS Summer Reading 

Rising 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to participate in Irving’s Summer READ! program throughout the summer break.  Check out the promotional video here! (voice-over version of the video is also available).  From the Irving website, students and parents/guardians can print out a copy of the choice board which lists 24 different reading challenges.  When students complete a square of the choice board, they answer a few questions about what they read on a Google Form (https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2024).  For each entry that students enter into the form, their name is entered into a raffle for $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards.  Students have the opportunity to enter up to 24 times.  Four gift cards will be rewarded randomly by choosing names from among the participants.  A student may win only one gift card.  

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Pictured above is just a fraction of the Lost and Found items still remaining. Please stop by Thursday, June 13 or Friday, June 14 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm to go through our Lost and Found and recover your child's lost items. Items remaining after Friday will be donated or disposed of as appropriate. 

Greetings Irving Families! 

What a great last day of the 2023-2024 school year! I want to thank all of our students and staff for making this school year a success. We have so much to celebrate from academic achievements, student performances, sporting events, and beautiful student creations, our students were outstanding! This school year we saw 1225 students successfully navigate the ups, downs, and ups again of middle school with the help of over 135 staff members. I am so proud of the accomplishments of our Irving students and staff and want to thank you the parents/guardians for your support. 

As we look to the summer, I want to highlight two reading programs. The first is the Fairfax County Public Libraries summer reading program - see the image above to find our more information. 

 

The second summer reading program is sponsored by our WIMS Irving Library. Students will be able to utilize the choice board to engage in a variety of reading activities throughout the summer and then be entered into a drawing for prizes. Whether you participate in the public library or Irving program, the most important part of both is to have your child continue to read throughout the summer. These programs are fun to work through together as a family - the activities are perfect for all ages!

Lastly, during our summer break, Irving Middle School will be under partial construction and will have intermittent hours for the Main Office during construction. The dates for the project have not been determined yet, as soon as we know, we will share the dates with our families as well as pictures of the progress project. 

I wish you all a safe, relaxing, and fun summer! 

Take Care!

Cindy Conley

Very Proud Principal of Irving MS

Virtual Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from Monday, June 24, through Friday, August 2. Any FCPS parent or secondary student can schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or social worker by phone or videoconference. 

Parents of students in any grade level can request a consultation to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, and academic success. Information about community resources will also be provided.

Middle or high school students can request a consultation to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes. Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time management.

We encourage all families to take advantage of this service. Request a consultation or call and leave a message at 703-503-2520.

Library News

Rising 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to participate in Irving’s Summer READ! Program  throughout the summer break.  Check out the promotional video here! (voice-over version of the video is also available).  From the Irving website, students and parents/guardians can print out a copy of the choice board which lists 24 different reading challenges.  When students complete a square of the choice board, they answer a few questions about what they read on a Google Form (https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2024).  For each entry that students enter into the form, their name is entered into a raffle for $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards.  Students have the opportunity to enter up to 24 times.  Four gift cards will be rewarded randomly by choosing names from among the participants.  A student may win only one gift card.  

If over the summer you find an Irving MS library book, please drop it off in the Main Office. We would love to recover as many overdue and missing library books as possible!

PTA News

Stay tuned for next year’s information and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com (copy & paste link);

Email: [email protected]

 

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A Weekly Message from Irving MS

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Congratulations, West Springfield High School Class of 2024!

We are so proud of you!

Greetings, Irving Families!

We have had an exceptional week of celebrating our current and former students. Pictured above are almost 300 of our former students from the Class of 2024 who stopped by on Wednesday for the annual Graduation Walk! It is one of my favorite traditions - we are so proud of these students!

We look forward to celebrating our 8th grade students tonight at the 8th grade celebration! Next week we will be having fun with all of our students at our annual Team Day - part field day/part team celebration with a little treat at lunch in between. We look forward to celebrating the end of another successful school year. 

A couple of things to note as we look to close out the year. 

  • We will dismiss at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, June 12 and ask that students do NOT bring backpacks to school on this day - to include string backpacks- unless they have a medical need or an accommodation that requires a backpack. 
  • We have A LOT of lost and found still left! Please ask your child to check the Lost and Found for their lost items. Our Lost and Found will be open on Thursday June 13 and Friday, June 14 from 8:00-2:00. Any items remaining after Friday, June 14 will be donated. 

Lastly, below is an important survey we would love for you to complete regarding our after school programming. Today is the last day to complete the survey. Please click the link below. 

Take Care!

Cindy Conley

Irving Stays After - After School Program

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. 

Thank you to the students and teacher-sponsors that participated in the after school program this school year.

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program but they help drive program improvement and program quality.

Thank you for completing the survey and for your support of the after-school program.  This survey is FCPS approved. Approval Number is 24234.

All survey responses are due by June 7, 2024.

ASP Parent Survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCQKSN8

Virtual Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from Monday, June 24, through Friday, August 2. Any FCPS parent or secondary student will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. 

Parents of students in any grade level can request a consultation to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, and academic success. Information about community resources will also be provided.

Students in middle or high school can request a consultation to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes. Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time management.

We encourage all families to take advantage of this service. Request a consultation or call and leave a message at 703-503-2520.

Library News

Rising 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to participate in Irving’s Summer READ! Program  throughout the summer break.  Check out the promotional video here! (voice-over version of the video is also available).  From the Irving website, students and parents/guardians can print out a copy of the choice board which lists 24 different reading challenges.  When students complete a square of the choice board, they answer a few questions about what they read on a Google Form (https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2024).  For each entry that students enter into the form, their name is entered into a raffle for $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards.  Students have the opportunity to enter up to 24 times.  Four gift cards will be rewarded randomly by choosing names from among the participants.  A student may win only one gift card.  

While we have had a lot of books returned over the past week, there are still hundreds of library books that need to be returned.  Please look for overdue notices that were emailed to both students and parents on Thursday, June 6.  This was sent only to students who have books that need to be returned. If your child has lost a book, please have them come talk to a librarian.  We do not charge overdue fines, nor do we expect lost books to be replaced by the student.  But, we do want to get books returned, or update our circulation system for items that are lost.

Ms. Monk & Mr. Brizek

Fall Sports – Meet the Coach Night

If you have a student interested in trying out for a Fall Sport at West Springfield, please plan to attend the Meet the Coach night on Tuesday June 11th at 6:30 PM.  Please report directly to the breakout rooms listed below! 

Breakout Rooms:

Cheer: Cafeteria

Cross Country: Spartan Hall

Football: Auditorium

Field Hockey: Room 2224

Golf: Room 2223

Girls Volleyball: Room 2225

Boys Volleyball: Room 2407        

Leah Conte

Director of Student Activities

West Springfield High School

www.spartansports.net

PTA News

Thank you for a wonderful year!

Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com (copy & paste link);

Email: [email protected]

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • End-of-Year Reminders
  • Summer Resources
  • Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

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A Weekly Message from Irving MS

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Greetings, Irving Families!

This is a Special Monday Morning Edition of our Weekly Newsletter! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the absolutely lovely weather we had. We are looking forward to so many exciting events coming up this week and next. 

First, on Tuesday, June 4, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm the PTA and WIMS Administrators will be washing our staff members' cars! We need some additional volunteers, so if you have some time on Tuesday, please stop by. We would love to wash as many cars as possible throughout the day as another way to show our staff some appreciation!

Our next event is the count down to the 8th grade Celebration! Leading up to the celebration, we have a theme week of some favorites of the SCA and some themes they didn’t get to use this year. We invite all students and staff to participate this week. The clothing themes were shared during Rock Block and a PA announcement was made as well last week.

  • Monday, June 3, is Black Out - students & staff wear all black clothing. 
  • Tuesday, June 4, is Neon Day - students & staff wear bright neon.
  • Wednesday, June 5, is summer Vibes Day - wear your favorite (school appropriate) summer outfit.
  • Thursday, June 6, is Throwback Thursday! Students/Staff throwback to the 90’s or early 2000’s!
  • Friday, June 7, is Irving Day - wear your Irving MS Gear or Blue and White to celebrate the last Spirit Day of the year!

A reminder the celebration is for Irving MS 8th grade students only and begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 7. It looks to be a beautiful evening, all events will be held outside - please remind your child this is not a formal event! We are still in need of chaperones (thank you to the 13 parents/guardians who have signed up). With over 600, 8th graders invited, we could definitely use additional support. Parents and guardians may sign up using this Chaperone Sign-up form. I also want to thank you for your generous donations through the Snack Donation Sign-up. We are almost at our goal with snacks for the evening. If you would like to donate, please use the form above or if prefer to have snack items delivered from a site like Amazon- items may be sent to: Tiffany Cheatham, Irving MS 8th grade dance, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152. 

Another exciting event is yearbook distribution. Due to a delay in the delivery of our yearbooks, we will be distributing yearbooks to students who pre-purchased them on Wednesday, June 5 during 3rd period Rock Block. There are a few extras that will be available for purchase until they are gone. 

Our final event of the year is on Tuesday, June 11 - it is our annual Team Day! We will have a variety of activities for students to participate in - please be sure to send your child into school with a hat, sunscreen, and a LABELED water bottle - we will all be outside for part of the day!

Take Care!

Cindy Conley

Irving Stays After - After School Program

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. 

Thank you to the students and teacher-sponsors that participated in the after school program this school year.

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program but they help drive program improvement and program quality.

Thank you for completing the survey and for your support of the after-school program.  This survey is FCPS approved. Approval Number is 24234.

All survey responses are due by June 7, 2024.

ASP Parent Survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCQKSN8

Library News

At the time of publication, students report in this week’s “Irving Says” poll that they’d rather tell a really funny joke than hear a really funny joke!  (66% to 33%)

It’s NO JOKE that we still have some students with library books that need to be returned.  Please look for an overdue notice that was emailed on Friday, May 31, sent only to students who have books that need to be returned. If your child has lost a book, please have them come talk to a librarian.

Stay tuned for full details of Irving’s Summer READ! Program in next week’s newsletter.  Irving students will hear about it starting on Monday!!  This program will be for rising 7th and 8th grade students.

Ms. Monk & Mr. Brizek

PTA News

NEXT STAFF APPRECIATION EVENT – Staff Car Wash – PTA Board members and school admin will wash the staff’s cars on Tuesday, June 4 from 9am ~ 1pm. As an additional treat for our wonderful Irving staff, Kona Ice will be on site during the lunch hours. Volunteers appreciated to help wash cars, send us an email at [email protected].

 Stay tuned for next year’s information and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com (copy & paste link);

Email: [email protected]

FCPS - In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • School Board Adopts 2025 Budget
  • Online Campus Summer Registration
  • Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
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A Weekly Message from Irving Middle School

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Watch us grow! We are thrilled with how well our vegetables are growing in our new gardens throughout the courtyard and in the aquaponics pods. 

Greetings, Irving Families!

It is hard to believe we are already heading into Memorial Day Weekend. Just like all other breaks and long weekends, we do not assign homework. We want our students and staff to enjoy their time. I have asked staff to step away from work and email so they may enjoy the time with family and friends. We hope you have a relaxing weekend. 

When we return from the short break, we will be just 2 weeks away from our annual 8th grade celebration. We cannot hold the event without your assistance specifically we need your assistance with chaperoning and snacks/drinks donations. This event is for ALL of our 8th grade students. If you would be willing to chaperone the 8th grade Celebration, please complete this Chaperone Sign-up form. If you are willing to donate snacks or drinks, please make your donation selections through this Snack Donation Sign-up. If you would prefer to have snack items delivered from a site like Amazon- items may be sent to: Tiffany Cheatham, Irving MS 8th grade dance, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22191. For more details about the celebration, please see below.

Lastly, this weekend, please take a look around your homes for overdue library books, track & field jersey’s or maybe an extra laptop charger and place them in your child’s backpack for return on Tuesday. Speaking of returns - we would love to give back all the items in our Lost and Found to their rightful owners, please remind your child to take a look and take home items that belong to them. 

Take Care!

Cindy Conley

8th Grade Celebration Friday, June 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • The purpose of this event is to have fun and celebrate one last time as a class before they head out for the summer and on to high school. 
  • Only 8th grade students attending Irving Middle School may attend. 
  • The 8th grade celebration is NOT a formal event
  • This event will be in our 7th grade gym and out on our tennis courts/black top (weather permitting). Students should be comfortable to dance, play games, and likely take a lot of pictures in our photo section with the horseman backdrop.
    • In previous years, students have worn a pair of slacks and a polo type shirt or a skirt/blouse or dress, again NO formal attire or high heels are required or recommended for this event (often high heels are taken off within about 5 minutes of arriving…).
  • Students often attend in groups, so having a “date” is NOT a requirement to attend. 
  • We will be utilizing outdoor spaces for the event - fingers crossed for good weather!
  • We need volunteers to make this celebration a success - please see the link below to volunteer as a chaperone for the 8th Grade Celebration and/or donate snacks. Thank you in advance for helping us make this celebration a successful event for our students. 

Snack Donation Sign-up 

Chaperone Sign-up form

Upcoming Community Conversations

May 28, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm 

at Katherine Johnson Middle School,

3801 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030  -

REGISTER  HERE

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided.

For more information please visit our website.

Irving Stays After - After School Program

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. 

Registration

Updates:

Athletic activity participants (ie Futsal, Open Gym), please remember your athletic gear (including sneakers), water bottle and other needs.

WITS is canceled for Tuesday, May 14, in preparation for Scenes Night

Sewing Club will meet the 1st block on Wednesday, May 15

Library News

Parents, this week’s “Irving Says” poll asked students whether they’d like to sleep in a cave with a hibernating bear, or camp at the base of a dormant volcano.  Rest assured that most kids responded, “Neither!” before finally deciding to vote one way or another.  At the time of publication, the responses were tied!  Stay tuned next week for the exciting results!

Since 7th grade English classes will be having students submit book projects on May 31, we have extended our  due date to have all library books to be returned.  Students have received reminder notices this week about the books they have out, and many have been returned. We plan to send overdue notices over Memorial Day Weekend, with the hopes of students locating and packing up library books to be brought back after the long weekend.

Stay tuned for full details of Irving’s Summer READ! Program at the beginning of June.  This program will be for rising 7th and 8th grade students.

Ms. Monk & Mr. Brizek

PTA News

PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS – Are done for the school year! Thank you to everyone who attended. Stay tuned for next year’s meeting announcements.

 Welcome your newly elected board for 2023-2025

- President  -  Patty Stevens

- Secretary -  Kelly Hempsen

- Treasurer  -  Tanika Campbell

 NEXT STAFF APPRECIATION EVENT – Staff Car Wash – PTA Board members and school admin will wash the staff’s cars on Tuesday, June 4 from 9am ~ 1pm. As an additional treat for our wonderful Irving staff, Kona Ice will be on site during the lunch hours. Volunteers appreciated to help wash cars, send us an email at [email protected].

 Stay tuned for next year’s information and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com (copy & paste link);

Email: [email protected]

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE
  • Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance
  • Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today.

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A Weekly Message from Irving Middle School

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يرجى زيارة موقعنا الألكتروني لقراءة هذه النشرة الإخبارية بلغات أخرى.

Please ask your child to take a look at our OVERFLOWING Lost and Found! Pictured above is a small portion of our lost and found. We have coats, hoodies, jackets, lunch boxes, shoes, and water bottles. Parents/Guardians may check lost and found for their child's items, Monday-Friday from 7:30-3:00 and on Thursday, June 13 & Friday, June 14 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. 

Any items remaining after Friday, June 14 will be donated.

A Message from the Principal

Greetings, Irving Families!

This week we wrapped up the initial SOL testing - we are grateful to our testing team who prepared for and ran our testing sessions and to the students who worked diligently throughout each test. Next week we will be holding makeup sessions and retakes as appropriate. While we are done with testing, we are not finished with instruction and we reminded students today that we still have 4 weeks of school and a lot of exciting culminating events on the way. 

Speaking of culminating events, our annual 8th Grade Celebration is on Friday, June 7,  from 6:00-8:00 pm. The SCA has selected Under the Stars for the theme for the evening and we look forward to celebrating with our students. Please see below for more details about the celebration - especially the information about volunteering to be a chaperone and how to donate snacks. I cannot stress enough that this is NOT a formal event and there is no need to wear any formal attire. We have a lot of fun playing games, having snacks, and dancing the night away! 

Lastly, I would like to thank our outgoing PTA Board - Robert Johnson - President, Jennifer Johnson - Vice President, Cathy Wray - Secretary, and Christy Whiteaker - Treasurer. I am so appreciative of the support you have shown our staff and students over the past two years. I wish them all the best as they move on to high school! This week the PTA nominated and elected the new PTA Executive Board. Please join me in welcoming our new board: President - Patty Stevens, Secretary - Kelly Hempson and Treasurer - Tanika Campbell. I look forward to working with the new board next school year. If you are interested in joining the PTA or supporting one of the PTA committees, please see the information below regarding the PTA. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Take Care!

Cindy Conley

Irving Middle School Updates 8th Grade Celebration Friday, June 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • The purpose of this event is to have fun and celebrate one last time as a class before they head out for the summer and on to high school. 
  • Only 8th grade students attending Irving Middle School may attend. 
  • The 8th grade celebration is NOT a formal event
  • This event will be in our 7th grade gym and out on our tennis courts/black top (weather permitting). Students should be comfortable to dance, play games, and likely take a lot of pictures in our photo section with the horseman backdrop.
    • In previous years, students have worn a pair of slacks and a polo type shirt or a skirt/blouse or dress, again NO formal attire or high heels are required or recommended for this event (often high heels are taken off within about 5 minutes of arriving…).
  • Students often attend in groups, so having a “date” is NOT a requirement to attend. 
  • We will be utilizing outdoor spaces for the event - fingers crossed for good weather!
  • We need volunteers to make this celebration a success - please see the link below to volunteer as a chaperone for the 8th Grade Celebration and/or donate snacks. Thank you in advance for helping us make this celebration a successful event for our students. 

Snack Donation Sign-up 

Chaperone Sign-up form

Yearbooks

Online ordering is now closed. If you have not pre-ordered a yearbook for your student, a small supply will be available on June 3 for purchase for $23 (exact change please, checks made out to WIMS).

Any questions please email Michelle Ciancarelli [email protected] 

Community Conversations

Dear Irving Middle School Families,

Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations  throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

The date for the final Community Conversation is below. These events provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with Dr. Reid, share concerns and ideas. She is there to listen and answer your questions. Your voice is important.

We invite you to register for the last community conversation of the school year. Pre-registration is not required, but does help us plan.

Upcoming Community Conversations:

May 28, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm 

at Katherine Johnson Middle School,

3801 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030  -

REGISTER  HERE

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided.

For more information please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the last two Superintendent Community Conversations of the year.

Message from the Clinic

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The school clinic is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time (12:15pm) on the last day of school. Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Thank you Julie Peter RN BSN

Fairfax County Health Department, Springfield District Office,  703-912-4510

Middle School Start Times

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates: 

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Irving Stays After - After School Program

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. 

Registration

Updates:

Athletic activity participants (ie Futsal, Open Gym), please remember your athletic gear (including sneakers), water bottle and other needs.

WITS is canceled for Tuesday, May 14, in preparation for Scenes Night

Sewing Club will meet the 1st block on Wednesday, May 15            

Library News

Parents, I have some intel from our middle school students from our weekly “Irving Says” polls:  When asked whether they’d like to go to Busch Gardens or to King’s Dominion, 41% of students answered with “Busch Gardens,” while the remaining 59% chose “King’s Dominion.”  My guess is that your child would find something enjoyable at either place, given that I overheard a lot of debate and deliberation when students casted their votes! 

May 29 is the due date for all library books to be returned.  Students have received reminder notices this week about the books they have out. We will be sending reminders to both students and parents/guardians just before the Memorial Day Weekend, with the hopes of students locating and packing up library books to be brought back after the long weekend.

Stay tuned for full details of Irving’s Summer READ! Program at the beginning of June.  This program will be for rising 7th and 8th grade students.

Ms. Monk & Mr. Brizek

PTA News

PTA General Membership Meetings are done for the year! Thank you to everyone who joined, and thank you to those that joined at the last meeting to vote in the new PTA Board! Stay tuned for next year's meeting announcement!

Thank you to the outgoing Board and congratulations to the new PTA Board!

- President - Patty Stevens

- Secretary - Kelly Hempson 

- Treasurer - Tanika Campbell

TEACHER APPRECIATION – Thank you to everyone who helped last week's appreciation week! And special thanks to Kendra who coordinated the appreciation events this year! Next year's Board needs an Appreciation coordinator if you are interested!

RESTAURANT SPIRIT DAY CONTINUES EVERY THURSDAY UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR - All Day at Papa John's (Rolling Road!). Order online using promo code IMS4010. You'll get 40% off all menu prices! See flyer on the PTA website - https://irvingms.memberhub.com. copy and paste / links don't work!

Stay tuned for next year's information and don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com  (copy & paste link) Email: [email protected]

District News FCPS News - In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Family Life Education Materials Available for Review
  • 2024-25 School Year Budget Update
  • Free Student Bus Passes

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today

 

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A Weekly Message from Irving Middle School

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Testing Reminder

A reminder: Monday, May 13 - ALL students will take the Reading SOL and Thursday, May 16 - ALL students will take the Math SOL. Please remind students to get a good nights rest, eat breakfast, and bring a water bottle with them. 

A Message from the Principal

Greetings, Irving Families!

What an amazing week! Thank you so much to the students and families, for recognizing our staff members this week. The PTA was outstanding in their support from Breakfast on Monday, cookies from Swiss Bakery on Wednesday, to lunch from Cafe Rio today- our staff felt appreciated all week! I also want to thank families for sending notes and positive emails, we know they take time to write and we greatly appreciate them. If you would like to recognize a staff member any time throughout the year, please consider utilizing the FCPS Cares website. 

Speaking of recognition, I would like to give a big Thank You to our community! Tuesday evening, we held our annual Heritage Night and the turnout was amazing. The performances were outstanding, the Henna was beautiful, and the share fair, public library, and authors were so informative! Thank you to all the WIMS staff, families, community members and businesses who helped make Heritage Night a HUGE success! A special Thank You to the following local restaurants who donated food:

Kumo Asian Bistro - Alexandria, VA

Mediterranean Gourmet Market - Alexandria, VA

El Paso Mexican Restaurant - Springfield, VA

Milano’s - Springfield, VA

Village Chicken - Springfield, VA

Anita’s New Style Mexican Food - Springfield, VA

Hard Times Café - Springfield, VA

Lassan Indian - Burke, VA

We look forward to continuing our learning about other cultures through a series of videos coming soon! Stay tuned! 

Lastly, below is a special message from our PTA. Please take a look and if you are willing to serve in one of the roles, please reach out. Without the President and Secretary, we cannot have a PTA. 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Take Care!

Cindy Conley, Principal

A Special Message from the PTA

Greetings Irving Families!

The PTA is seeking nominees for next year's PTA Board - President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice President! The current board members are due to end their terms this year. There is currently 1 nominee for Treasurer.

The positions are open to anyone with a current or incoming student at Irving.

To maintain an active PTA, the PTA Board must have a President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Without a PTA Board, there is no PTA, and by the Virginia PTA rules, the PTA will be dissolved and all funds collected by the Virginia PTA.

The PTA supports students, teachers, and staff in multiple ways:

- Irving Spirit Wear is sold by the PTA; 

- Regular Staff Appreciation Events are hosted by the PTA;

- Restaurant / Spirit nights are coordinated by the PTA;

- Teacher Grants are funded by the PTA; and 

- School capital improvements, field trips, and the 8th grade dance are financially supported by PTA dollars.

Elections will be held at the May 14th meeting (5/14, 6-715pm, via Zoom, see PTA website for the Zoom link - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/ (copy & paste)

Nominations will be accepted "from the floor" (during the meeting) or via  email: [email protected]

For any questions or just to chat about the position responsibilities, please don't hesitate to email: [email protected]. (or the position descriptions are in the PTA bylaws here - https://tinyurl.com/Irving-PTA-Bylaws - (copy & paste)

(and if you know any rising 7th grade parents that might be interested, please forward this to them!)

Thank you for your continued support

Irving PTA Board 2023-2024

Yearbook Reminder

Online ordering is now closed. If you have not pre-ordered a yearbook for your student, a small supply will be available on June 3 for purchase for $23 (exact change please, checks made out to WIMS).

Any questions please email Michelle Ciancarelli [email protected] 

A Message from the Clinic

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The school clinic is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time (12:15pm) on the last day of school. Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Thank you Julie Peter RN BSN

Fairfax County Health Department, Springfield District Office

703-912-4510

Music Booster's Car Wash Library News

While working this puzzle, students could review some of the many odd idioms that are a part of our English language.  Solving it was a “piece of cake” for our sharp students!  We are still open to receiving donations of any 500-1000 piece puzzles that you might be finished with at home. 

 

Students have continued to share their opinions in our weekly “Irving Says” polls.  This week they weighed in on whether they’d rather “eat breakfast foods every meal forever,” or “never eat breakfast foods again,” with the latter option having the lead at the time of publication.  And, last week, 60% of those polled said that they’d rather “receive an academic scholarship to the college of their choice,” while only 40% would rather “sign a contract to play their sport at a Division-1 college.”  

The library was one of many sites that the community could visit during Tuesday’s Heritage Night.  Many of the tri-fold exhibits that were on display on Tuesday are now showcased in the library for students and staff to see.  

WIth the end of the year comes both the testing season and the push to get library materials returned.  While we encourage every student to have a good book on hand to read while waiting for others to finish testing, we are also beginning to remind students of their need to return overdue library books.   Hopefully the students will take care of this before we need to inform parents!

Ms. Monk & Mr. Brizek

Irving Stays After - After School Program

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. 

Registration

Updates:

Athletic activity participants (ie Futsal, Open Gym), please remember your athletic gear (including sneakers), water bottle and other needs.

WITS is canceled for Tuesday, May 14, in preparation for Scenes Night

Sewing Club will meet the 1st block on Wednesday, May 15

Irving Summer Academy (Jump Start) - for RISING 7th Graders

Irving Summer Academy is a transition program designed to give students a “jump start” into middle school. The program equips students with some of the skills they need to be successful in middle school, as well as gives them an opportunity to meet peers and ask questions about Irving. Enrollment is open to all WIMS rising 7th graders. Students will attend a one-day in-person program, on EITHER Monday, August 5th, Tuesday, August 6th,  Wednesday, August 7th, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Transportation is not provided, but lunch and t-shirt will be provided for all participants.  

During their program day, students will be able to tour the building, and participate in activities in the following topics:  Middle School Success, Team-Building, Schoology, and All About Irving. The program will be run by Irving staff members. In addition to the in-person sessions, we will be sharing a variety of resources with students to help with their transition to middle school.

Irving Summer Academy (Jump Start) Details

Dates offered: Monday, August 5 – Wednesday, August 7

Hours: 8:00am-12:30pm

Location: Irving Middle School, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152

Transportation: Is not provided

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/1N4t2qsZmGjNqo716

Registration Fee: $10 via MySchoolBucks in your student’s elementary school store; due by Wednesday, June 12

Registration Ends: Wednesday, June 12

Questions? Please contact Natalie Duncan at [email protected]

PTA News

PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30pm via Zoom. We need members to attend! We’ll be voting on new Board Officers and possible adjustments to the budget.

TEACHER APPRECIATION – Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6 – 10, 2024. Kendra, our committee chair, is asking for volunteers to help during the day on Monday and Friday. If interested in helping, please email Kendra directly at [email protected]. She has some wonderful things planned for our staff. The PTA and school administrators will be washing the teachers’ cars during the school day (approx. 9-1)! Stop by anytime to help!

RESTAURANT SPIRIT DAY EVERY THURSDAY - All Day at Papa John's (Rolling Road!). Order online using promo code IMS4010. You'll get 40% off all menu prices! See flyer on the PTA website - https://irvingms.memberhub.com. (copy and paste / links don't work!) (COPY & PASTE SINCE THE LINKS ARE NOT LIVE)RESTAURANT SPIRIT WEEK! at Chick-Fil-A (Burke) May 13-17! This is the Chick-Fil-A in Burke! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Use code IMS24 for mobile orders. The flyer is here  https://tinyurl.com/IrvingChik (copy & paste, links don't work).

We'd love for you to join the PTA! $10 Parents/Guardians; $9 additional family members; $5 Staff/Faculty https://irvingms.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true (COPY & PASTE THE LINKS) Feel free to reach out to learn more about the Irving PTA, or with questions you might have. Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com  (copy & paste link) Email: [email protected]

District News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Celebrating Students, Teachers, and Nurses
  • Help Raise Awareness of Fentanyl
  • 2025 FCPS Budget

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today

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A Weekly Message from Irving Middle School

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Greetings, Irving Families! 

We are so excited for this upcoming week - May 6-10 is Staff Appreciation Week! We look forward to celebrating our staff all week long starting with a breakfast for staff provided by the PTA! Please join me in thanking our staff - notes/cards from students and positive emails from parents/guardians are always appreciated - especially next week!

On Tuesday, May 7, we are excited to host our Heritage Night from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm! We have performers, student and staff created information booths, authors, food, music, and so much more. We hope you will join us for this exciting event. We also hope your child will participate in the Heritage themed spirit week we have planned! Below is what students and staff are encouraged to wear each day next week. 

Monday 5/6: Destination Shirt. Wear a shirt that represents a country you have traveled to or want to travel to.

Tuesday 5/7: Parade of Nations. Come to school dressed in clothing representative of your culture. 

Wednesday 5/8: Flag Colors: Wear colors that represent a country’s flag.

Thursday 5/9: American Pride: Wear red, white and blue.

Friday 5/10: WIMS Unity Day: Wear blue or white gear to show WIMS Unity.

Lastly, I want to remind you that also on Tuesday, May 7, our 8th grade students will be taking their Science 8 SOL exam. Please make sure your child gets a good nights rest, eats breakfast, and brings a water bottle with them to school. We know our students will shine on Tuesday as they demonstrate all they have learned over the last 3 years in Science!

Take Care!

Cindy Conley

WIMS Heritage Night

Irving will host a night to celebrate the different heritages of our students on May 7th from 6-8pm. Come see performances, enjoy food from local businesses and families, local authors: Valerie Johnson who wrote Count with Me on Granddad’s Farm, Omar Abed (former Irving student) who wrote The Book that Almost Rhymed and Naaz Khan who wrote Room for Everyone, and more. The local authors will be selling their books if you choose to purchase. We are also looking for volunteers to help make our night a success by picking up food, setting up, serving food or cleaning up. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up on our Sign Up Genius here. We hope to see you on May 7th!

Let's Finish School Strong
  • Let's Finish the School Year Strong! Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:
  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources

Yearbooks

Online ordering is now closed. If you have not pre-ordered a yearbook for your student, a small supply will be available on June 3 for purchase for $23 (exact change please, checks made out to WIMS).

Any questions please email Michelle Ciancarelli [email protected] 

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Rising 9th Grade Families - Join the West Springfield HS PTSA!

The West Springfield PTSA welcomes rising 9th grade parents/guardians to get involved with the high school this spring.  You do not need to wait until the fall for info, and you are welcome to become involved in the PTSA and run for office this spring.  All of the meetings are virtual via Zoom and at 7:30pm, with registration links provided below. The remaining PTSA meeting schedule is:

May 14:   Registration link

June 4:  Registration link

Parents/Guardians who want to start following WSHS PTSA information, we use the following social media: 

PTSA website:  www.wshsptsa.net 

Facebook:  PTSA Facebook

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spartanptsa/ (just getting going with this)

E-mail:  Go to FCPS News You Choose and select West Springfield HS PTSA (you can also check other boxes to start receiving other high school communications if you want) 

Irving Stays After - After School Program

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. 

Registration

Updates:

Track & Field and athletic activity participants (ie Futsal, Open Gym), please remember: your athletic gear (including sneakers), water bottle and other needs as the temperature changes. This is the last week of practices for MS Sports Track & Field.

MakerSpace/Robotics is canceled on Tuesday, May 7

Sewing Club will meet the 1st block on Wednesday, May 8

Irving Summer Academy (Jump Start) - for RISING 7th Graders

Irving Summer Academy is a transition program designed to give students a “jump start” into middle school. The program equips students with some of the skills they need to be successful in middle school, as well as gives them an opportunity to meet peers and ask questions about Irving. Enrollment is open to all WIMS rising 7th graders. Students will attend a one-day in-person program, on EITHER Monday, August 5th, Tuesday, August 6th,  Wednesday, August 7th, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Transportation is not provided, but lunch and t-shirt will be provided for all participants.  

During their program day, students will be able to tour the building, and participate in activities in the following topics:  Middle School Success, Team-Building, Schoology, and All About Irving. The program will be run by Irving staff members. In addition to the in-person sessions, we will be sharing a variety of resources with students to help with their transition to middle school.

Irving Summer Academy (Jump Start) Details

Dates offered: Monday, August 5 – Wednesday, August 7

Hours: 8:00am-12:30pm

Location: Irving Middle School, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152

Transportation: Is not provided

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/1N4t2qsZmGjNqo716

Registration Fee: $10 via MySchoolBucks in your student’s elementary school store; due by Wednesday, June 12

Registration Ends: Wednesday, June 12

Questions? Please contact Natalie Duncan at [email protected]

 

PTA News

PTA ELECTIONS – The Irving MS PTA Needs You! No PTA Board, No Irving PTA! – Please consider running for President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer. The positions are open to anyone with a current or incoming student at Irving. The current board members have either served their 2 terms or have rising 9th grade students. Elections will be held at the May 14th meeting. Nominations will be accepted from the floor or email: [email protected]. Questions, email: [email protected].

Without a PTA executive board, there will be no Irving PTA. By not filling these positions, the Irving PTA would no longer be in good standing with Virginia PTA; which means our charter could be revoked or we would have to dissolve Irving’s PTA. Did you know? – Irving Spirit Wear is sold by the PTA; Staff Appreciation Events are hosted by the PTA; Teacher Grants are funded by the PTA; financial support for school capital improvements, field trips and the 8th Grade Dance are provided by the PTA; restaurant nights are coordinated by the PTA

PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30pm via Zoom. We need members to attend! We’ll be voting on new Board Officers and possible adjustments to the budget.

TEACHER APPRECIATION – Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6 – 10, 2024. Kendra, our committee chair, is asking for volunteers to help during the day on Monday and Friday. If interested in helping, please email Kendra directly at [email protected]. She has some wonderful things planned for our staff. The PTA and school administrators will be washing the teachers’ cars during the school day (approx. 9-1)! Stop by anytime to help!

RESTAURANT SPIRIT DAY EVERY THURSDAY - All Day at Papa John's (Rolling Road!). Order online using promo code IMS4010. You'll get 40% off all menu prices! See flyer on the PTA website - https://irvingms.memberhub.com. (copy and paste / links don't work!) (COPY & PASTE SINCE THE LINKS ARE NOT LIVE)RESTAURANT SPIRIT WEEK! at Chick-Fil-A (Burke) May 13-17! This is the Chick-Fil-A in Burke! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Use code IMS24 for mobile orders. The flyer is here  https://tinyurl.com/IrvingChik (copy & paste)

 

We'd love for you to join the PTA! $10 Parents/Guardians; $9 additional family members; $5 Staff/Faculty https://irvingms.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true (COPY & PASTE THE LINKS) Feel free to reach out to learn more about the Irving PTA, or with questions you might have. Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com  (copy & paste link) Email: [email protected]

West Springfield High School News Rising Freshman Parent Night at West Springfield HS   WSHS Girls Basketball Camp

West Springfield will be hosting a girls basketball camp June 17 -21 for rising 3rd THRU 9th graders.  For registration  you can follow the link: View Girl's Basketball Camp Details (ryzer.com)

For more information you can contact Coach Gibson at:   [email protected]

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A Weekly Message from Irving Middle School

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Yearbook pre-orders are open!

Pre-order your yearbook today! https://yearbookforever.com/schools/washington_irving_middle_school_320438/cLwxkvJ2bUUdlsILz2gm52Zx

Upcoming Events

Congratulations to Irving’s first “Battle of the Books” team.  On April 25th, ten students from Irving competed at Lake Braddock Secondary School against 13 other middle-school teams.  All competitors were quizzed on the content of fifteen books that the students read throughout the school year.  After four rounds of various methods of quizzing, Irving finished strongly, placing in the top half of all schools.  A special thanks to Mr. Brizek for leading the team this year.

Greetings, Irving Families!

Please join me in congratulating the first ever Battle of the Books team! As the caption above shares - they did a great job in their first ever district competition. We are very proud of all the students who participated in Battle of the Books this year - there were about 35 Irving students who competed to represent Irving at this competition. It was a lot of fun to hear the students talk about so many interesting books. 

Over the years, the PTA has supported many important projects, to include book giveaways, field trips, and flexible seating grants. Many of the projects the PTA has helped with would not have happened at all without their support. As we look to next year, we currently do not have any nominations for our PTA Executive Board. Without a board, we will not be able to have a PTA - so we need your help! If you would be willing to serve as president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer or would like more information about the roles, please reach out via email to [email protected]. Thank you for considering serving in one of these roles so we can continue this wonderful partnership. 

Take Care!

Cindy Conley

Stress Less Week at Irving

Our Student Services team has put together a variety of fun, optional, stress-reducing, self-care activities, spirit days and rock block lessons for ALL Irving students during the week of April 29th-May 2nd leading up to SOL testing dates. We want our students to NOT stress the TESTS and learn different ways of self-care. Check out the detailed spirit days and activities for Stress Less Week above!

WIMS Heritage Night

Irving will host a night to celebrate the different heritages of our students on May 7th from 6-8pm. Come see performances, enjoy food from local businesses and families, local authors: Omar Abed (former Irving student) who wrote The Book that Almost Rhymed and Naaz Khan who wrote Room for Everyone, and more. The local authors will be selling their books if you choose to purchase. We are also looking for volunteers to help make our night a success by picking up food, setting up, serving food or cleaning up. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up on our Sign Up Genius here. We hope to see you on May 7th!

Middle School Start Times - Virtual Date Added!
  • ⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

School Health Services Survey

School Health Services Satisfaction SurveyThe Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s School Counselor. 

Rising 9th Grade Families - Join the West Springfield HS PTSA!

The West Springfield PTSA welcomes rising 9th grade parents/guardians to get involved with the high school this spring.  You do not need to wait until the fall for info, and you are welcome to become involved in the PTSA and run for office this spring.  All of the meetings are virtual via Zoom and at 7:30pm, with registration links provided below. The remaining PTSA meeting schedule is:

May 14:   Registration link

June 4:  Registration link

Parents/Guardians who want to start following WSHS PTSA information, we use the following social media: 

PTSA website:  www.wshsptsa.net 

Facebook:  PTSA Facebook

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spartanptsa/ (just getting going with this)

E-mail:  Go to FCPS News You Choose and select West Springfield HS PTSA (you can also check other boxes to start receiving other high school communications if you want) 

Irving Stays After - After School Program

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. 

Registration

Updates:

Track & Field and athletic activity participants (ie Futsal, Open Gym), please remember: your athletic gear (including sneakers), water bottle and other needs as the temperature changes.

Field Games will meet both blocks on Wednesday, April 24, weather permitting.

Futsal Club returns to both blocks on Wednesday, April 24.

Sewing Club will meet both blocks on Wednesday, April 24.

CPP will meet 1st block on Thursday, April 25.

Library News

The library was busy this week with a group of 7th grade classes who examined the role that propaganda posters played in motivating citizens to support World War II.

Testing season is upon us; encourage your students to always have a good book on hand to read while waiting for others to finish testing.

Ms. Monk & Mr. Brizek

WSHS Girls Basketball Camp

West Springfield will be hosting a girls basketball camp June 17 -21 for rising 3rd THRU 9th graders.  For registration  you can follow the link: View Girl's Basketball Camp Details (ryzer.com)

For more information you can contact Coach Gibson at:   [email protected]

Sports teams at WSHS

Are you planning to try-out for a sports team at West Springfield?

  • Season Start Dates:
    • Fall Sports: Try-outs begin Monday, August 5, 2024

Cross Country, Cheerleading, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Girls Volleyball

Exception: Golf begins July 29th, 2024

PLEASE NOTE THAT FALL SPORTS DO BEGIN IN AUGUST.  ALL SUMMER VACATIONS SHOULD BE PLANNED FOR JUNE/JULY.

  • Winter Sports: Try-outs begin Monday, November 11, 2024

Boys/Girls Basketball, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Rifle, Swim & Dive, Wrestling

  • Spring Sports: Monday, February 24, 2025

Baseball, Crew, Girls/Boys Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Girls/Boys Soccer, Softball, Girls/Boys Tennis

  • If you have sport specific questions, please contact the coach directly. Please find coaches contact information HERE

Each athlete MUST complete the 2 items below prior to any off season workout or try-outs:

  •  VHSL physical is required for participation. It must be dated after May 1, 2024.  The VHSL Physical Form can be found HERE
  • Please make sure that the insurance information is included, and all parent/student signatures are on the form.
  • Please turn your Physical into the Activities Office.  Mail to:   Attn: Chris Worrell ATC   West Springfield HS, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield VA, 22152 or email to: [email protected]
  • Families & student-athletes must complete the online Athletic Registration each school year after May 1st for the following school year. You can find this link HERE.  The information on the registration must be updated each year for the student-athlete to be eligible. Please update any emergency contact information, complete the concussion education, and check the sport(s) that they wish to try-out for.
    • Instructions for how to complete Athletic Registration can be found HERE

Athletics Website:  https://westspringfieldspartansathletics.com/

PTA News

PTA ELECTIONS – The Irving MS PTA Needs You! No PTA Board, No Irving PTA! – Please consider running for President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer. The positions are open to anyone with a current or incoming student at Irving. The current board members have either served their 2 terms or have rising 9th grade students. Elections will be held at the May 14th meeting. Nominations will be accepted from the floor or email: [email protected]. Questions, email: [email protected].

Without a PTA executive board, there will be no Irving PTA. By not filling these positions, the Irving PTA would no longer be in good standing with Virginia PTA; which means our charter could be revoked or we would have to dissolve Irving’s PTA. Did you know? – Irving Spirit Wear is sold by the PTA; Staff Appreciation Events are hosted by the PTA; Teacher Grants are funded by the PTA; financial support for school capital improvements, field trips and the 8th Grade Dance are provided by the PTA; restaurant nights are coordinated by the PTA

PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30pm via Zoom. We need members to attend! We’ll be voting on new Board Officers and possible adjustments to the budget.

TEACHER APPRECIATION – Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6 – 10, 2024. Kendra, our committee chair, is asking for volunteers to help during the day on Monday and Friday. If interested in helping, please email Kendra directly at [email protected]. She has some wonderful things planned for our staff. Teacher/Staff Car Wash will be Tuesday, May 4. The PTA and school administrators will be washing the teachers’ cars during the school day (approx. 9-1)! Stop by anytime to help!

RESTAURANT SPIRIT DAY EVERY THURSDAY - All Day at Papa John's (Rolling Road!). Order online using promo code IMS4010. You'll get 40% off all menu prices! See flyer on the PTA website - https://irvingms.memberhub.com. (copy and paste / links don't work!) (COPY & PASTE SINCE THE LINKS ARE NOT LIVE)RESTAURANT SPIRIT WEEK! at Chick-Fil-A (Burke) May 13-17! This is the Chick-Fil-A in Burke! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Use code IMS24 for mobile orders. The flyer is here  https://tinyurl.com/IrvingChik (copy & paste, links don't work).

We'd love for you to join the PTA! $10 Parents/Guardians; $9 additional family members; $5 Staff/Faculty https://irvingms.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true (COPY & PASTE THE LINKS) Feel free to reach out to learn more about the Irving PTA, or with questions you might have. Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com  (copy & paste link) Email: [email protected]

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
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Weekly Message from Irving Middle School

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Upcoming Events

Welcome, Ms. Hollie McLaughlin!

Greetings, Irving Families!

On Friday of last week, we said farewell to Ms. Jan Gibbins, who retired after 15 years of service to Irving Middle School. As many of you know, Ms. Gibbins was more than our Administrative Assistant - she helped in many ways beyond the office. While Ms. Gibbins has retired - she has graciously agreed to fill in hourly as needed over the coming months. We wish Ms. Gibbins all the best in her future adventures. 

We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Hollie McLaughlin to Irving as our new Administrative Assistant. Ms. McLaughlin  joins us from South County Middle School where she was an Office Assistant.  She brings a wealth of FCPS experience and knowledge to Irving; she has experience as an elementary school Instructional Assistant, an Office Assistant in Transportation and elementary schools, and most recently middle school. Ms. McLaughlin on Monday and has been meeting our staff, students, and families throughout the week. Please be sure to introduce yourself to Ms. McLaughlin the next time you are at school.

Lastly, I want to congratulate the WIMS Track and Field Team who performed wonderfully at the first meet last week. Despite the very windy and cold day - more than 500 athletes ran and participated in field events. The meet was a non-stop blur of athletes running race after race, with almost 100 heats run in 5 hours. It was a fantastic day! We wish them another great meet tomorrow at McLean High School!

Take Care!

Cindy Conley

WIMS Heritage Night

Irving will host a night to celebrate the different heritages of our students on May 7th from 6-8pm. Come see performances, enjoy food from local businesses and families, local authors and more. We are also looking for volunteers to help make our night a success by picking up food, setting up, serving food or cleaning up. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up on our Sign Up Genius here. We hope to see you on May 7th!

Intentions for Next Year

If your child will NOT be attending Irving or his/her base high school next year, please complete the Intention Form linked below and return it to [email protected] to let us know where your child will be enrolled. If your child is going to Irving or his/her base high school, you don’t need to complete this form. If you find out later you will be moving, please contact Irving so we can update our database.    https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf

Middle School Start Times - Virtual Date Added! 
  • ⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

School Health Services Survey

School Health Services Satisfaction SurveyThe Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s School Counselor. 

Rising 9th Grade Families - Join the West Springfield HS PTSA!

The West Springfield PTSA welcomes rising 9th grade parents/guardians to get involved with the high school this spring.  You do not need to wait until the fall for info, and you are welcome to become involved in the PTSA and run for office this spring.  All of the meetings are virtual via Zoom and at 7:30pm, with registration links provided below. The remaining PTSA meeting schedule is:

May 14:   Registration link

June 4:  Registration link

Parents/Guardians who want to start following WSHS PTSA information, we use the following social media: 

PTSA website:  www.wshsptsa.net 

Facebook:  PTSA Facebook

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spartanptsa/ (just getting going with this)

E-mail:  Go to FCPS News You Choose and select West Springfield HS PTSA (you can also check other boxes to start receiving other high school communications if you want) 

Irving Stays After - After School Program

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. 

Registration

Updates:

Track & Field and athletic activity participants (ie Futsal, Open Gym), please remember: your athletic gear (including sneakers), water bottle and other needs as the temperature changes.

Field Games will meet both blocks on Wednesday, April 24, weather permitting.

Futsal Club returns to both blocks on Wednesday, April 24.

Sewing Club will meet both blocks on Wednesday, April 24.

CPP will meet 1st block on Thursday, April 25.

WSHS Girls Basketball Camp

West Springfield will be hosting a girls basketball camp June 17 -21 for rising 3rd THRU 9th graders.  For registration  you can follow the link: View Girl's Basketball Camp Details (ryzer.com)

For more information you can contact Coach Gibson at: [email protected] 

Sports teams at WSHS

Are you planning to try-out for a sports team at West Springfield?

  • Season Start Dates:
    • Fall Sports: Try-outs begin Monday, August 5, 2024v - Cross Country, Cheerleading, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Girls Volleyball
      • Exception: Golf begins July 29th, 2024

PLEASE NOTE THAT FALL SPORTS DO BEGIN IN AUGUST.  ALL SUMMER VACATIONS SHOULD BE PLANNED FOR JUNE/JULY.

  • Winter Sports: Try-outs begin Monday, November 11, 2024 -Boys/Girls Basketball, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Rifle, Swim & Dive, Wrestling
  • Spring Sports: Monday, February 24, 2025 - Baseball, Crew, Girls/Boys Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Girls/Boys Soccer, Softball, Girls/Boys Tennis
  • If you have sport specific questions, please contact the coach directly. Please find coaches contact information HERE

Each athlete MUST complete the 2 items below prior to any off season workout or try-outs:

  •  VHSL physical is required for participation. It must be dated after May 1, 2024.  The VHSL Physical Form can be found HERE
  • Please make sure that the insurance information is included, and all parent/student signatures are on the form.
  • Please turn your Physical into the Activities Office.  Mail to:   Attn: Chris Worrell ATC West Springfield HS, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield VA, 22152 or email to: [email protected]
  • Families & student-athletes must complete the online Athletic Registration each school year after May 1st for the following school year. You can find this link HERE.  The information on the registration must be updated each year for the student-athlete to be eligible. Please update any emergency contact information, complete the concussion education, and check the sport(s) that they wish to try-out for.
    • Instructions for how to complete Athletic Registration can be found HERE

Athletics Website:  https://westspringfieldspartansathletics.com/

PTA News

PTA ELECTIONS - The Irving MS PTA Needs You! No PTA Board, No Irving PTA! - Please consider running for President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer. The positions are open to anyone with a current or incoming student at Irving. The current board members have either served their 2 terms or have rising 9th grade students. The slate will be presented at next week's meeting and elections are held in May. To self-nominate, email: [email protected]  Questions, email: [email protected] 

PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING - Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30pm via Zoom. The Nominating Committee will present its slate of candidates for Irving PTA President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted. We need nominations to get to a board to have a PTA next year!

RESTAURANT SPIRIT DAY EVERY THURSDAY - All Day at Papa John's (Rolling Road!). Order online using promo code IMS4010. You'll get 40% off all menu prices! See flyer on the PTA website - https://irvingms.memberhub.com. (copy and paste the link) 

RESTAURANT SPIRIT WEEK! at Chick-Fil-A (Burke) in May - May 13-17! This is the Chick-Fil-A in Burke! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Use code IMS24 for mobile orders. The flyer is here  https://tinyurl.com/IrvingChik (copy & paste the link).

TEACHER APPRECIATION – NEXT UP – we’re going to stock the staff lounge. Watch this space for more information! 

Teacher / Staff Car Wash - June 4th. The PTA and school administrators will be washing the teachers’ cars during the school day (approx 9-1)! Stop by anytime to help!We'd love for you to join the PTA! $10 Parents/Guardians; $9 additional family members; $5 Staff/Faculty https://irvingms.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true (COPY & PASTE THE LINKS) Feel free to reach out to learn more about the Irving PTA, or with questions you might have.

Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com  (copy & paste link) Email: [email protected]

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

April 17

No After School and No Late Buses

April 18 & 25

Irving Day at Papa John's (Rolling Road). Order online using promo code IMS4010. You'll get 40% off all menu prices! See flyer on the PTA website - https://irvingms.memberhub.com

April 29 & 30

Spring Picture Days during PE Classes

May 3

Teacher Workday

May 7

Heritage Night

 

Good Luck to our Track and Field Team! 

The first meet of the season is this Saturday at Langley High School.

Greetings, Irving Families!

Today, students took the Integrated Reading and Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment. The testing session went really well and students worked diligently throughout the testing window. This was the first of our SOL exams. Below are the dates for the rest of the SOL exams coming up in May. Please try to avoid making appointments in the mornings on the dates below so your child is able to take their SOL on time. 

We are very excited to kick off the first season of Track and Field. Coaches Fine, Duncan, LeBlanc and Ms. Evans and Ms. Nessel have been working diligently for the last few weeks to help our students get prepared for this first meet. We have about 60 students participating this weekend along with 8 other schools at Langley High School. It is anticipated that there will be 500+ students participating just at Langley tomorrow. It looks like it will be a beautiful day and we wish our student athletes all the best tomorrow at the inaugural Track & Field for middle school sports. 

Coming up next week, we have all of our 7th grade students participating in Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences at South Run Park. We look forward to providing this opportunity each day next week. Please be sure to check the weather and ensure your child is prepared with the appropriate shoes and clothing to include sunscreen and a water bottle. Thank you to all of the parents/guardians who are chaperoning and to the 7th grade Science teachers who made this trip possible!

Take Care!

Cindy Conley

WIMS Heritage Night

Irving will host a night to celebrate the different heritages of our students on May 7th from 6-8pm. Come see performances, enjoy food from local businesses and families, local authors and more. We are also looking for volunteers to help make our night a success by picking up food, setting up, serving food or cleaning up. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up on our Sign Up Genius here. We hope to see you on May 7th!

Intentions for Next Year

If your child will NOT be attending Irving or his/her base high school next year, please complete the Intention Form linked below and return it to [email protected] to let us know where your child will be enrolled. If your child is going to Irving or his/her base high school, you don’t need to complete this form. If you find out later you will be moving, please contact Irving so we can update our database.    https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf

Give Your Feedback on the Proposed Budget
  • Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

School Health Services Survey

School Health Services Satisfaction SurveyThe Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

Rising 9th Grade Families - Join the West Springfield HS PTSA!

The West Springfield PTSA welcomes rising 9th grade parents/guardians to get involved with the high school this spring.  You do not need to wait until the fall for info, and you are welcome to become involved in the PTSA and run for office this spring.  All of the meetings are virtual via Zoom and at 7:30pm, with registration links provided below. The remaining PTSA meeting schedule is:

May 14:   Registration link

June 4:  Registration link

Parents/Guardians who want to start following WSHS PTSA information, we use the following social media: 

PTSA website:  www.wshsptsa.net 

Facebook:  PTSA Facebook

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spartanptsa/ (just getting going with this)

E-mail:  Go to FCPS News You Choose and select West Springfield HS PTSA (you can also check other boxes to start receiving other high school communications if you want) 

Irving Stays After - After School Program

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. 

Registration

Updates: Wednesday, April 17, there’s NO After School and Late Buses

Track & Field and athletic activity participants (ie Futsal, Open Gym), please remember: your athletic gear (including sneakers), water bottle and other needs as the temperature changes.

Field Games will meet both blocks on Monday, April 15, and will return to Wednesdays, on April 24, both blocks, weather permitting.

Football Club (for rising 9th) will meet 1st block on Tuesday, April 16 - weather permitting.

Futsal Club will meet both blocks on Monday, April 15, and will return to Wednesdays on Wednesday, April 24.

Ultimate Frisbee will meet 2nd block on Monday, April 15 - weather permitting.

Library News

Students only had a short, four-day week, but they completed this 1000-piece puzzle celebrating all-things Virginia.  Perhaps I should call it a 999-piece puzzle, as one tiny piece is now missing.  The word is out; maybe it will be found in a random pants pocket as you do your weekend laundry!  

In addition to borrowing books, students also took time in the library this week to add the name of their pets to a long paper chain that we made on “National Pet Day,” on April 11th.  This colorful chain is adorning a tree in our library entrance.  It gives the library a festive appearance during “National Library Week!”  

We’ll be seeing lots of classes next week for checkouts.  If students have books to return, it is a convenient time to do that when their classes visit.  Please encourage your student to always keep some reading materials with them.  Testing season is upon us, and it’s always good to have a book on hand while you’re waiting for others to finish testing!

Ms. Monk & Mr. Brizek

WSHS Girls Basketball Camp

West Springfield will be hosting a girls basketball camp June 17 -21 for rising 3rd THRU 9th graders.  For registration  you can follow the link: View Girl's Basketball Camp Details (ryzer.com)

For more information you can contact Coach Gibson at:   [email protected]

Sports teams at WSHS

Are you planning to try-out for a sports team at West Springfield?

Season Start Dates:

Fall Sports: Try-outs begin Monday, August 5, 2024

Cross Country, Cheerleading, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Girls Volleyball

Exception: Golf begins July 29th, 2024

PLEASE NOTE THAT FALL SPORTS DO BEGIN IN AUGUST.  ALL SUMMER VACATIONS SHOULD BE PLANNED FOR JUNE/JULY.

Winter Sports: Try-outs begin Monday, November 11, 2024

Boys/Girls Basketball, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Rifle, Swim & Dive, Wrestling

Spring Sports: Monday, February 24, 2025

Baseball, Crew, Girls/Boys Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Girls/Boys Soccer, Softball, Girls/Boys Tennis

If you have sport specific questions, please contact the coach directly. Please find coaches contact information HERE

Each athlete MUST complete the 2 items below prior to any off season workout or try-outs:

VHSL physical is required for participation. It must be dated after May 1, 2024.  The VHSL Physical Form can be found HERE

  • Please make sure that the insurance information is included, and all parent/student signatures are on the form.
  • Please turn your Physical into the Activities Office.  Mail to:   Attn: Chris Worrell ATC   West Springfield HS, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield VA, 22152 or email to: [email protected]
  • Families & student-athletes must complete the online Athletic Registration each school year after May 1st for the following school year. You can find this link HERE.  The information on the registration must be updated each year for the student-athlete to be eligible. Please update any emergency contact information, complete the concussion education, and check the sport(s) that they wish to try-out for.
    • Instructions for how to complete Athletic Registration can be found HERE

Athletics Website:  https://westspringfieldspartansathletics.com/

PTA News

PTA ELECTIONS - The Irving MS PTA Needs You! No PTA Board, No Irving PTA! - Please consider running for President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer. The positions are open to anyone with a current or incoming student at Irving. The current board members have either served their 2 terms or have rising 9th grade students. The slate will be presented at next week's meeting and elections are held in May. To self-nominate, email: [email protected]. Questions, email: [email protected].

PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING - Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30pm via Zoom (see link below). The Nominating Committee will present its slate of candidates for Irving PTA President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted. 

Meeting Zoom Link

Topic: April PTA meeting

Time: Apr 16, 2024 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/88243925120?pwd=6GsLvdRH9SvS7vmQlYP9WfEKu7Bbox.1

Meeting ID: 882 4392 5120

Passcode: XgWG5P

RESTAURANT SPIRIT DAY EVERY THURSDAY - All Day at Papa John's (Rolling Road!). Order online using promo code IMS4010. You'll get 40% off all menu prices! See flyer on the PTA website - https://irvingms.memberhub.com. (copy and paste / links don't work!) (COPY & PASTE SINCE THE LINKS ARE NOT LIVE)

RESTAURANT SPIRIT WEEK! at Chik-Fil-A (Burke) in May - May 13-17! This is the Chik-Fil-A in Burke! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Use code IMS24 for mobile orders. The flyer is here  https://tinyurl.com/IrvingChik (copy & paste, links don't work).

TEACHER APPRECIATION – NEXT UP – we’re going to stock the staff lounge. Watch this space for more information! We'd love for you to join the PTA! $10 Parents/Guardians; $9 additional family members; $5 Staff/Faculty https://irvingms.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true (COPY & PASTE THE LINKS) Feel free to reach out to learn more about the Irving PTA, or with questions you might have.

Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com  (copy & paste link) Email: [email protected]

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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Yearbook pre-orders are open!

Pre-order your yearbook today! https://yearbookforever.com/schools/washington_irving_middle_school_320438/cLwxkvJ2bUUdlsILz2gm52Zx

Upcoming Important Dates

April 11, 18 & 25

Irving Day at Papa John's (Rolling Road). Order online using promo code IMS4010. You'll get 40% off all menu prices! See flyer on the PTA website - https://irvingms.memberhub.com

April 10

No school - Eid al Fitr Observance 

School Building is closed

April 12

Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) SOL for 8th graders

  • 7th graders will take a mock IRW on the same day

April 29 & 30

Spring Picture Days during PE Classes

May 7

Heritage Night

 

Congratulations to Mr. Mike Higginbotham! We are thrilled to share that Mr. Higginbotham is the Irving Middle School, West Springfield, and now the Region 4 Secondary New Teacher of the year! We are elated that Mr. Higginbotham is being recognized by so many for his dedication to the students at Irving.

Greetings, Irving Families!

It has been a fast 3 days since returning from Spring Break! We were very fortunate to start with a surprise for Mr. Higginbotham, who has now been named the Region 4, Secondary Outstanding New Teacher of the Year. This is a huge accomplishment - each middle and high school in Region 4 submits candidates for this award and out of all of those submissions, Mr. Higginbotham was selected as the recipient of the Region 4 award. After retiring from a career in the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, Mr. Higginbotham went on to be a government contractor, and then in 2022 he became a middle school Science Teacher. We are so grateful he chose Irving Middle School. Please join me in congratulating him!

Speaking of Science, on Monday, April 8, a Solar Eclipse will occur from approximately 2:00 pm-4:35 pm. We will be dismissing at our usual time, 2:15 pm. Irving Middle School will not be providing eyewear for students. We do want to ensure students dismiss safely, so during 3rd period Rock Block today and again prior to dismissal on Monday, we will be reminding students of the information below, we encourage you to reinforce the information at home as well.  If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home and would like to pick your child up prior to the end of the day, please do so no later than 1:30 pm so that we can get our buses lined up in our bus loop in time for dismissal. For more details about the eclipse, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

Reminders to Students:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. The NASA website has more information about eye safety.  
    • Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and should comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard.

Please remind your child to be especially vigilant about eye safety by not looking at the sun. 

Take Care!

Cindy Conley

Rising 9th Grade Families - Join the West Springfield HS PTSA!

The West Springfield PTSA welcomes rising 9th grade parents/guardians to get involved with the high school this spring.  You do not need to wait until the fall for info, and you are welcome to become involved in the PTSA and run for office this spring.  All of the meetings are virtual via Zoom and at 7:30pm, with registration links provided below. The remaining PTSA meeting schedule is:

April 9 (next Tuesday): Registration link

May 14:   Registration link

June 4:  Registration link

Parents/Guardians who want to start following WSHS PTSA information, we use the following social media: 

PTSA website:  www.wshsptsa.net 

Facebook:  PTSA Facebook

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spartanptsa/ (just getting going with this)

E-mail:  Go to FCPS News You Choose and select West Springfield HS PTSA (you can also check other boxes to start receiving other high school communications if you want) 

Middle School Start Times
  • ⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

Lexia Night
  • 📖 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

Attend a virtual information night to learn about Lexia on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will discover how FCPS is integrating this program into the classroom to support student literacy growth. Tips for supporting students at home will also be shared. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

Irving Stays After - After School Program Registration

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. 

https://forms.gle/jj9RXegR3C85tJ6u6

NO OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES/CLUBS on Monday, April 8 

NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, April 10

Readers Unite will meet on Tuesday, April 9, during the 1st block.

Shot Put practice on Tuesday, April 9, during 1st block.

Library News

Students worked on this puzzle only periodically, but completed it quickly.  Thanks to those who have donated puzzles. 

We’re glad that several students submitted photos of them reading in interesting places for our Spring-Break’s “Take a Break and Read” contest.  We saw students reading poolside in Saint-Martin, students reading while buried up to their neck in sand, students reading in a bunny costume as they volunteered hours at the local USO, students reading on roller coasters at Busch Gardens, and even a student reading mid-Arabesque jump.  From among all of those who submitted photographs, winners were randomly chosen.  Congratulations to Parker, Ariel. and Ms. Choudhury.  Winners receive a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Please encourage your student to always keep some reading materials with them.  Testing season is approaching, and it’s always good to have a book on hand while you’re waiting for others to finish testing!

Ms. Monk & Mr. Brizek

WSHS Boys Basketball Rising 9th Spring Basketball League

West Springfield is looking for rising 9th grade boys that are interested in playing in their Spring League. The participation letter is available on Schoology. For more information, please contact Coach Henderson at: [email protected].

WSHS Girls Basketball Camp

West Springfield will be hosting a girls basketball camp June 17 -21 for rising 3rd THRU 9th graders.  For registration  you can follow the link: View Girl's Basketball Camp Details (ryzer.com)

For more information you can contact Coach Gibson at:   [email protected]

Sports teams at WSHS

Are you planning to try-out for a sports team at West Springfield?

Season Start Dates:

Fall Sports: Try-outs begin Monday, August 5, 2024

Cross Country, Cheerleading, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Girls Volleyball

Exception: Golf begins July 29th, 2024

PLEASE NOTE THAT FALL SPORTS DO BEGIN IN AUGUST.  ALL SUMMER VACATIONS SHOULD BE PLANNED FOR JUNE/JULY.

Winter Sports: Try-outs begin Monday, November 11, 2024

Boys/Girls Basketball, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Rifle, Swim & Dive, Wrestling

Spring Sports: Monday, February 24, 2025

Baseball, Crew, Girls/Boys Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Girls/Boys Soccer, Softball, Girls/Boys Tennis

If you have sport specific questions, please contact the coach directly. Please find coaches contact information HERE

Each athlete MUST complete the 2 items below prior to any off season workout or try-outs:

VHSL physical is required for participation. It must be dated after May 1, 2024.  The VHSL Physical Form can be found HERE

  • Please make sure that the insurance information is included, and all parent/student signatures are on the form.
  • Please turn your Physical into the Activities Office.  Mail to:   Attn: Chris Worrell ATC   West Springfield HS, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield VA, 22152 or email to: [email protected]
  • Families & student-athletes must complete the online Athletic Registration each school year after May 1st for the following school year. You can find this link HERE.  The information on the registration must be updated each year for the student-athlete to be eligible. Please update any emergency contact information, complete the concussion education, and check the sport(s) that they wish to try-out for.
    • Instructions for how to complete Athletic Registration can be found HERE

Athletics Website:  https://westspringfieldspartansathletics.com/

PTA News

RESTAURANT SPIRIT DAY EVERY THURSDAY - All Day at Papa John's (Rolling Road!). Order online using promo code IMS4010. You'll get 40% off all menu prices! See flyer on the PTA website - https://irvingms.memberhub.com. (copy and paste / links don't work!) (COPY & PASTE SINCE THE LINKS ARE NOT LIVE)

RESTAURANT SPIRIT WEEK! at Chik-Fil-A (Burke) in May - May 13-17! This is the Chik-Fil-A in Burke! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Use code IMS24 for mobile orders. The flyer is here  https://tinyurl.com/IrvingChik (copy & paste, links don't work).

TEACHER APPRECIATION – NEXT UP – we’re going to stock the staff lounge. Watch this space for more information!SPIRITWEAR! -  Students should have received (& brought home!) their orders during Rock Block this week. If they did not, please reach out to [email protected].PTA Meetings and Nominations! - If you're interested or know someone who might be interested in next year's PTA Board, please reach out to us - [email protected] - we need 1 more volunteer to run the nominating committee (short time commitment! mainly to create the nomination slate for the next board). And if you're interested in being on the Board but have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us or the Board members directly! Next PTA meeting is April 16th by Zoom (meeting delayed a week due to 4/10 student holiday)We'd love for you to join the PTA! $10 Parents/Guardians; $9 additional family members; $5 Staff/Faculty https://irvingms.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true (COPY & PASTE THE LINKS) Feel free to reach out to learn more about the Irving PTA, or with questions you might have.

Website: https://irvingms.memberhub.com  (copy & paste link) Email: [email protected]

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Upcoming Events April 3 - Back to School!

We hope you had an wonderful Spring Break! We look forward to welcoming all students back to school tomorrow at 7:30 am. 

7th Grade Science Field Trip Chaperones Needed

We are excited to be bringing back our Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) Trip for our 7th grade students this year! Preparing to take over 600 students on these trips is a big undertaking and we are grateful to our Science teachers for making these trips possible. 

In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for all, we are in need of a few more chaperones. Below are the dates, teams, and number of chaperones we still need. If you are able to assist with chaperoning, please email the Science teacher listed next to the team your child is on. Thank you for supporting this experience for our students!

Chaperones Needed for the Teams below:

Tuesday, April 16 - Yellow Team - Needs 3 chaperones - please email Mike Higginbotham at [email protected].

Wednesday, April 17 - Blue Team - Needs 3 chaperones - please email Alex Cohn at [email protected].

Thursday, April 18 - Orange Team - Needs 1 chaperone - please email Alyson Nagle at [email protected].

Friday, April 19 - Orange Team - Needs 2 chaperones - please email Alyson Nagle at [email protected].

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