Hughes MS Updates

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Please click here October PTA Meeting if you missed the PTA meeting this month.  The Special Topic was Service Hour requirements.  We have quite a number of updates for the community below.  Please see these important messages to stay up-to-date at Langston Hughes Middle School.  

Aimee Monticchio

Principal, Langston Hughes MS

Main Office Updates Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Hughes sent these forms home on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 please check with your student.  You will need to complete 1 pre-printed form for each student enrolled in your household, please complete, sign, date, and have your student return their form to their 1st period teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Former student and South Lakes graduate, Steve Phillips, makes an incredible impact here at Langston Hughes Middle School as does Erin Kelly.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The After-School Program is looking for people to sponsor STEM related clubs/ activities.

 

 

Clubs take place Monday-Friday from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. We are looking for volunteers and/or people seeking paid positions.

 Interested people should email Franklin Kyle at Fmkyle1@fcps.edu

 Your consideration is greatly appreciated!

Our LHMS bookroom has many new titles! Before teachers offer these books as choices to students for literature circles, book clubs, or class reads, we complete a rationale for each title and have the book reviewed and approved by 2 teachers AND 2 parents of LHMS students.

We're looking for parent volunteers to choose a book (or books!) from our list to read/review. You can get your own copy of the book or borrow one from the school to be brought home to you by your student. See more details and sign up here!

Langston Hughes Diversity After School Special

November 18, 2021 2:30-3:00 in the cafeteria; activity afterwards in the lecture hall 3:00-4:30pm

At Langston Hughes, YOU BELONG! We are having a Diversity After School Special to highlight the diversity showcased every day at Langston. The 5th and 6th period AVID and ESOL classes have combined to complete research and projects for this event. Come see their work after school on November 18th from 2:30-3:00pm in the cafeteria. All students are encouraged to stay after school to check out the booths and activities. All after school activities on 11-18 will be canceled with the expectation that all students who had planned to stay after school attend the event. (Teachers will still meet with students after school that day, that is not cancelled) After the showcase in the cafeteria, an activity will be held in the Lecture Hall for all students who wait for a late bus. Students can also take their own method of transportation home after the event.

We hope to see you there!

Finance Park Lessons: November 3rd – November 18th

Simulation Date: November 16th and 17th

Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services Messages

First Quarter You’re “On a Roll” Awards

Teachers  will recognize our students who have stood out this quarter for displaying our POWER characteristics - punctual, ownership, welcoming, engaged, and respectful. We will be honoring these students in Connections classes on November 8th.

Panther Parent/Caregiver Academy, Session #2

The second session of the Parent/Caregiver Academy will be held on October 28 from 6:30-7:30 in the LHMS library.  Please join assistant principal, Amy Smith, who will share information on helping your student navigate friendships, relationships, and social media.

Use this Sign-Up Genius link to RSVP; space and social distancing requirements require us to cap the event at 35 participants.  First consideration will be given to 7th grade parents who are new to middle school.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0449AFAB238-panther

Future Academy Dates are December 1, January 18, and February 23 and include topics including school resources available to support you and your student, helping your student navigate social changes and social media, effective communication and affirmation, and course selection/special programming available to Hughes students.

 

ACT (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell an Adult) Program and Wellness Screening

On October 25th and 26th for 8th grade our clinical support team will be introducing a county-approved wellness screening curriculum to our students during health and PE classes The goals of this program are to educate students on the signs and symptoms of depression, to let students know what to do if they have concerns about themselves or a peer, and to connect students who may need support with resources inside and outside of our school.   During the program, students will watch a video which will help students to identify signs of depression and distress in themselves and others, as well as what to do if they, or someone they know, are experiencing these symptoms. Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. Students will complete a brief depression screening tool. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but does indicate whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional.  We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. Parents can also view video resources here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5e27-ocGBHqSSvbIIL9-1Ibr8gutAe5k If you would like your child to Opt Out or would like more information, please contact our school psychologist, Stephanie Harris at smharris1@fcps.edu

Hughes After School Club Sign-up

The Club List  and the Club Sign-up Form are posted on the

After School Google Site , https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/hughes-after-school/home.  

(This site is only accessible while using a student google account.)  Students should pay attention to announcements during lunches and at the end of the day for club updates.  Some clubs will be added, as we gain access to more space.  Also, your student may find their late bus information on their "StudentVue" under Student Information

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) beginning Monday, October 25. 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 25, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m.

Share the Joy of Thanksgiving with a Neighbor!

What does Thanksgiving look like for you? Visiting with loved ones? Watching parades and football? Enjoying the sights, smells, and flavors of some favorite foods? Help create these memories for one or more school families who struggle with food security. Donate to the Food For Neighbors Holiday Meals Program! Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/ Our school is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide some of our students and families with a $50 gift card to a local grocery store. Your gift will help your neighbors to put food on their tables this Thanksgiving. The goal is to raise enough money for Food For Neighbors to provide a total of nearly 700 of the $50 grocery store gift cards to 24 participating schools, which includes ours! Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/ Thank you for anything you can do. Every donation counts. Together, we can make a big difference!

October 29 - End of 1st QTR - 2 Hour Early Release

November 1 & 2 - Student Holiday - Teacher Workdays - Office Closed

November 11 - Veterans Day - 2 Hour Early Release

November 18 - Diversity After School Special  2:30 - 3pm

November 24 - 26 - Schools and Office Closed - Thanksgiving

11401 Ridge Heights Rd. Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-715-3600
Attendance: 703-715-3636 | Web | Twitter

Hughes MS Updates

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s been a fun week to show our school pride and unity as a community.  Students and staff participated in our Spirit Week (click on attached link to see video), and all students received a Langston Hughes t-shirt.  We invite our families to come out to watch the South Lakes Homecoming parade at 5 p.m. tonight that runs from the Hunters Woods Shopping Center to the high school.  Our own Futsol Club, Environmental Club, Langston Leadership Council, and the Langston Hughes Panther will be a part of the parade!  At 7 p.m. students with their parents are invited to the football game and support the Seahawks.  Students are not permitted into the game with their backpacks.  Go Seahawks!

On Monday night, please join us at the monthly PTA meeting in person in our library or online via the link in your Parent Schoology account.  I will present our meeting topic Community Service Requirements and Opportunities. I hope to see many of you there.

https://youtu.be/wR-09SaNjTE

Sincerely,

Aimee Monticchio

Principal, Langston Hughes MS

Main Office Updates

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story below, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

PE uniforms are on sale online. Uniforms are recommended but are not required. Uniforms will be sold until 10/24. Uniforms can be purchased at

 

https://athleticunion.com/langston-hughes.

For free shipping please enter: #HUGHES

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 13, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

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

Hughes will be sending these forms home on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 so please check with your student.  You will need to complete 1 pre-printed form for each student enrolled in your household, please complete, sign, date, and have your student return their form to their 1st period teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services Messages

Panther Parent/Caregiver Academy, Session #2

The second session of the Parent/Caregiver Academy will be held on October 28 from 6:30-7:30 in the LHMS library.  Please join assistant principal, Amy Smith, who will share information on helping your student navigate friendships, relationships, and social media.

Use this Sign-Up Genius link to RSVP; space and social distancing requirements require us to cap the event at 35 participants.  First consideration will be given to 7th grade parents who are new to middle school.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0449AFAB238-panther

Future Academy Dates are December 1, January 18, and February 23 and include topics including school resources available to support you and your student, helping your student navigate social changes and social media, effective communication and affirmation, and course selection/special programming available to Hughes students.

 

ACT (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell an Adult) Program and Wellness Screening

On October 19th and 20th for 7th grade and on October 25th and 26th for 8th grade our clinical support team will be introducing a county-approved wellness screening curriculum to our students during health and PE classes The goals of this program are to educate students on the signs and symptoms of depression, to let students know what to do if they have concerns about themselves or a peer, and to connect students who may need support with resources inside and outside of our school.   During the program, students will watch a video which will help students to identify signs of depression and distress in themselves and others, as well as what to do if they, or someone they know, are experiencing these symptoms. Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. Students will complete a brief depression screening tool. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but does indicate whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional.  We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. Parents can also view video resources here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5e27-ocGBHqSSvbIIL9-1Ibr8gutAe5k If you would like your child to Opt Out or would like more information, please contact our school psychologist, Stephanie Harris at smharris1@fcps.edu

Hughes After School Club Sign-up

The Club List  and the Club Sign-up Form are posted on the

After School Google Site , https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/hughes-after-school/home.  

(This site is only accessible while using a student google account.)  Students should pay attention to announcements during lunches and at the end of the day for club updates.  Some clubs will be added, as we gain access to more space.  Also, your student may find their late bus information on their "StudentVue" under Student Information

Share the Joy of Thanksgiving with a Neighbor!

What does Thanksgiving look like for you? Visiting with loved ones? Watching parades and football? Enjoying the sights, smells, and flavors of some favorite foods? Help create these memories for one or more school families who struggle with food security. Donate to the Food For Neighbors Holiday Meals Program! Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/ Our school is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide some of our students and families with a $50 gift card to a local grocery store. Your gift will help your neighbors to put food on their tables this Thanksgiving. The goal is to raise enough money for Food For Neighbors to provide a total of nearly 700 of the $50 grocery store gift cards to 24 participating schools, which includes ours! Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/ Thank you for anything you can do. Every donation counts. Together, we can make a big difference!

October 18 - PTA Meeting 7PM 

October 29 - End of 1st QTR - 2 Hour Early Release

November 1 & 2 - Student Holiday - Teacher Workdays

November 11 - Veterans Day - 2 Hour Early Release

November 24 - 26 - Schools and Office Closed - Thanksgiving

11401 Ridge Heights Rd. Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-715-3600
Attendance: 703-715-3636 | Web | Twitter

Hughes MS Updates

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This past week our students spent time during their Connections class writing ‘Thank You’ letters to Healthcare Workers.  Students beautifully expressed sincere words of gratitude through heartfelt letters and drawings.   Our community’s lives have been touched by Healthcare Workers in a variety of ways and we are all extremely grateful for their hard work and sacrifices. See some student samples below. We demonstrate that Panthers Care!

Sincerely,

Aimee Monticchio

Principal, Langston Hughes MS

Main Office Updates
  • Tuesday – Pajama Day
  • Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday
  • Thursday – 1980’s Throwback
  • Friday – Hughes Spirit Wear

Order School Photos Online

On Tuesday October 5th & Wednesday October 6th, 2021, students had their pictures taken.  Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day. You may order online by clicking here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000875969 For questions about order please email underclass@vosphoto.com

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story below, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

PE uniforms are on sale online. Uniforms are recommended but are not required. Uniforms will be sold until 10/24. Uniforms can be purchased at

 

https://athleticunion.com/langston-hughes.

For free shipping please enter: #HUGHES

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 13, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

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

Hughes will be sending these forms home on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 so please check with your student.  You will need to complete 1 pre-printed form for each student enrolled in your household, please complete, sign, date, and have your student return their form to their 1st period teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services Messages

Panther Parent/Caregiver Academy, Session #2

The second session of the Parent/Caregiver Academy will be held on October 28 from 6:30-7:30 in the LHMS library.  Please join assistant principal, Amy Smith, who will share information on helping your student navigate friendships, relationships, and social media.

 

Dress Code Considerations:

As students have settled back into the school routine, we have noticed some students have become very relaxed with regard to their clothing choices.  We’re asking for your support in speaking with your student and remind them that appropriate dress is expected for the classroom environment.  While there have been modifications to the FCPS dress code in recent years, students are still expected to dress in a manner which does not distract from the educational process.  The exact wording regarding appropriate dress in the Student Rights and Responsibilities document is:

FCPS respects students’ right to express themselves in the way they dress. It is important, however, that their appearance is tasteful and appropriate for a K-12 school setting. Discussion about dress code violations shall be held privately and maintain the dignity of the student.

Clothing and accessories should not:

  • Display vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images
  • Promote illegal or violent conduct
  • Contain threats or gang symbols
  • Promote the unlawful use of weapons, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
  • Expose private parts or show an excessive amount of bare skin (see-through clothing)
  • Contain studs or chain belts
  • Include hats or other head coverings unless worn for significant religious, cultural, or medical purpose

The LHMS faculty and staff appreciate your support in this matter.

ACT (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell an Adult) Program and Wellness Screening

On October 19th and 20th for 7th grade and on October 25th and 26th for 8th grade our clinical support team will be introducing a county-approved wellness screening curriculum to our students during health and PE classes The goals of this program are to educate students on the signs and symptoms of depression, to let students know what to do if they have concerns about themselves or a peer, and to connect students who may need support with resources inside and outside of our school.   During the program, students will watch a video which will help students to identify signs of depression and distress in themselves and others, as well as what to do if they, or someone they know, are experiencing these symptoms. Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. Students will complete a brief depression screening tool. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but does indicate whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional.  We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. Parents can also view video resources here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5e27-ocGBHqSSvbIIL9-1Ibr8gutAe5k If you would like your child to Opt Out or would like more information, please contact our school psychologist, Stephanie Harris at smharris1@fcps.edu

World Language Credit Exam

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, at Robinson SS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.  *Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International.

Registration opens on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. For more information contact your student’s counselor:

Marissa Brooks mlbrooks@fcps.edu - 7th Grade Last Names A-K

Mark Blocker mfblocker@fcps.edu – 7th Grade Last Names L-Z

Karen Back kabach@fcps.edu – 8th Grade Last Names A-K

Phyllis Degraffenried pjdegraffenr@fcps.edu – 8th Grade Last Names L-Z

Hughes After School Club Sign-up

The Club List  and the Club Sign-up Form are posted on the

After School Google Site , https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/hughes-after-school/home.  

(This site is only accessible while using a student google account.)  Students should pay attention to announcements during lunches and at the end of the day for club updates.  Some clubs will be added, as we gain access to more space.  Also, your student may find their late bus information on their "StudentVue" under Student Information

Share the Joy of Thanksgiving with a Neighbor!

What does Thanksgiving look like for you? Visiting with loved ones? Watching parades and football? Enjoying the sights, smells, and flavors of some favorite foods? Help create these memories for one or more school families who struggle with food security. Donate to the Food For Neighbors Holiday Meals Program! Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/ Our school is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide some of our students and families with a $50 gift card to a local grocery store. Your gift will help your neighbors to put food on their tables this Thanksgiving. The goal is to raise enough money for Food For Neighbors to provide a total of nearly 700 of the $50 grocery store gift cards to 24 participating schools, which includes ours! Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/ Thank you for anything you can do. Every donation counts. Together, we can make a big difference!

October 11 - Student Holiday - Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 18 - PTA Meeting 7PM 

October 29 - End of 1st QTR - 2 Hour Early Release

November 1 & 2 - Student Holiday - Teacher Workdays

November 11 - Veterans Day - 2 Hour Early Release

November 24 - 26 - Schools and Office Closed - Thanksgiving

11401 Ridge Heights Rd. Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-715-3600
Attendance: 703-715-3636 | Web | Twitter

Hughes MS Updates

GovDelivery 3 weeks 5 days ago
Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As an IB World School, Langston Hughes places a great value on the importance of serving our community.  We are excited to support our students again this year in reaching the FCPS goal of a combined 15 hours of service during students’ middle school years.  Students may complete opportunities posted on our X2Vol system, opportunities found through links on our Hughes Service Learning site, or opportunities they find independently.  Once a service activity is complete, they should log their hours and write up their brief reflections via X2Vol.

Our IB MYP Coordinator, Chris DelGrosso, has been visiting all of our History 7 and Civics 8 classrooms to ensure students understand the expectation and are able to log-in to our X2Vol system to log their hours.  For more information, visit our Hughes Service Learning site and the FCPS service learning site.  If you or your student still have questions, please email Mr. DelGrosso at cjdelgrosso@fcps.edu.

Sincerely,

Aimee Monticchio

Principal, Langston Hughes MS

 

Main Office Updates

School Picture Day is coming

Tuesday October 5th & Wednesday October 6th, 2021.

Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day. Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000875969 For questions about order please email underclass@vosphoto.com

  

Se acerca el día de la fotografía escolar

Martes 5 de octubre y miércoles 6 de octubre de 2021.

Las fotos estarán disponibles aproximadamente dos semanas después del día de fotos de nuestra escuela. Ahorre tiempo y reserve en línea aquí: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000875969

Si tiene preguntas sobre el pedido, envíe un correo electrónico a underclass@vosphoto.com

 EARLY DISMISSALS

Student(s) must bring a note signed by the parent to the front office indicating reason for dismissal and time of departure. The student will be given an early dismissal form, which will be his/her pass to leave class at the indicated time to meet parent in the front office. Parent/parents designee (name must be on the emergency care card) must come into the office to sign out their Student(s) and have ID available. No emailed notes will be accepted. If a student returns to school again later the same day, he/she must check in at the office to get a pass before returning to class. NOTE:  Students with afternoon appointments need to be picked up by 1:30pm to ensure that you will not be blocked in by school buses.

 

Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services Messages

Dress Code Considerations:

As students have settled back into the school routine, we have noticed some students have become very relaxed with regard to their clothing choices.  We’re asking for your support in speaking with your student and remind them that appropriate dress is expected for the classroom environment.  While there have been modifications to the FCPS dress code in recent years, students are still expected to dress in a manner which does not distract from the educational process.  The exact wording regarding appropriate dress in the Student Rights and Responsibilities document is:

FCPS respects students’ right to express themselves in the way they dress. It is important, however, that their appearance is tasteful and appropriate for a K-12 school setting. Discussion about dress code violations shall be held privately and maintain the dignity of the student.

Clothing and accessories should not:

  • Display vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images
  • Promote illegal or violent conduct
  • Contain threats or gang symbols
  • Promote the unlawful use of weapons, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
  • Expose private parts or show an excessive amount of bare skin (see-through clothing)
  • Contain studs or chain belts
  • Include hats or other head coverings unless worn for significant religious, cultural, or medical purpose

The LHMS faculty and staff appreciate your support in this matter.

ACT (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell an Adult) Program and Wellness Screening

On October 19th and 20th for 7th grade and on October 25th and 26th for 8th grade our clinical support team will be introducing a county-approved wellness screening curriculum to our students during health and PE classes The goals of this program are to educate students on the signs and symptoms of depression, to let students know what to do if they have concerns about themselves or a peer, and to connect students who may need support with resources inside and outside of our school.   During the program, students will watch a video which will help students to identify signs of depression and distress in themselves and others, as well as what to do if they, or someone they know, are experiencing these symptoms. Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. Students will complete a brief depression screening tool. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but does indicate whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional.  We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. Parents can also view video resources here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5e27-ocGBHqSSvbIIL9-1Ibr8gutAe5k If you would like your child to Opt Out or would like more information, please contact our school psychologist, Stephanie Harris at smharris1@fcps.edu

World Language Credit Exam

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, at Robinson SS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.  *Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International.

Registration opens on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. For more information contact your student’s counselor:

Marissa Brooks mlbrooks@fcps.edu - 7th Grade Last Names A-K

Mark Blocker mfblocker@fcps.edu – 7th Grade Last Names L-Z

Karen Back kabach@fcps.edu – 8th Grade Last Names A-K

Phyllis Degraffenried pjdegraffenr@fcps.edu – 8th Grade Last Names L-Z

Hughes After School Club Sign-up

The Club List  and the Club Sign-up Form are posted on the

After School Google Site , https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/hughes-after-school/home.  

(This site is only accessible while using a student google account.)  Students should pay attention to announcements during lunches and at the end of the day for club updates.  Some clubs will be added, as we gain access to more space.  Also, your student may find their late bus information on their "StudentVue" under Student Information

Ms. Echols and her students are reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and participating in the Iron Giraffe Challenge. Ms. Echols is proud to say that they are participating for a third year. Each year, they have managed to reach their goal. Please see details below:

 A Long Walk to Water is often read in middle school, usually in seventh grade, and students are so inspired by Salva’s story that they want to help. To harness the energy and excitement of students we created the Iron Giraffe Challenge– so named because that is how the villagers refer to the drilling rig in the book. Each academic year schools are challenged to raise $1,000. Schools completing the challenge are entered into a drawing to have Salva visit their school (Water for Sudan website).

We are, once again, calling on you to share our fundraising page with family and friends. Given the on-going state of our world, it continues to be vital that we think about and look to help others. We hope that as our students participate in this project, they learn some of what it means to be a global citizen and to consider the needs of others.

October 5th & 6th - School Picture Days

October 11 - Student Holiday - Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 18 - PTA Meeting 7PM 

October 29 - End of 1st QTR - 2 Hour Early Release

November 1 & 2 - Student Holiday - Teacher Workdays

November 11 - Veterans Day - 2 Hour Early Release

November 24 - 26 - Schools and Office Closed - Thanksgiving

11401 Ridge Heights Rd. Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-715-3600
Attendance: 703-715-3636 | Web | Twitter

Hughes MS Updates

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Important information from Hughes Middle School

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has come to our attention that there is a list of social media “challenges” on TikTok and ask you to speak with your student(s) about them. The recent "Devious Licks" TikTok Challenge encouraged students to vandalize and steal random objects from their schools and post them in videos. 

Unfortunately, the brand-new boys’ restrooms were vandalized here at Langston Hughes by a few of our students.  Since then TikTok has been proactive about banning this content. However, the list of monthly “activities” is being shared on Social Media. 

We are asking you to have conversations with your student about the disruptive nature of these challenges and that such behaviors could result in school disciplinary consequences, and criminal charges. Please offer your guidance and talk with your student. You may be surprised that your child knows exactly what this challenge is about and can tell you people they know who has engaged in it.

For your conversation with your student, we want to share with you that the upcoming challenges listed are: 

October: Smack a staff member on the backside.

November: Kiss your friend’s girlfriend at school.

December: Deck the halls and show your b****.

January: Jab a breast.

February: Mess up school signs.

March: Make a mess in the courtyard or cafeteria.

April: Grab some “eggs” (another theft challenge).

May: Ditch Day.   

June: Flip off the front office.

As you can tell from the titles of these challenges, most are crimes in addition to being very disruptive to the school community.  They also present a disciplinary and health risk for those attempting to film them and  importantly, in the case of crimes, could lead to criminal charges as well as discipline in line with the  Students’ Rights and Responsibilities which we all acknowledged at the start of the school year.

We have great students at Langston Hughes Middle School, and we have already formed a very strong and positive community in our classes and common areas.  We want them to be mindful that participation in these challenges is not appropriate behavior. We appreciate us all working together to be vigilant about our students’ online presence.

The safety and security of all of our students, both physical and emotional, is our priority as we continue to create a learning environment that cultivates a culture of kindness, inclusivity, and affirmation for every member of our student body and staff.  We appreciate your support of your student, our school, and our mission together here.

Aimee Monticchio

Principal

11401 Ridge Heights Rd. Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-715-3600
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Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

When a positive COVID-19 case is reported at our school, a collaborative effort to investigate close contacts and determine the appropriate next steps for affected students begins. To help families know what to expect, the process is outlined on the FCPS website. Vaccination status is an important factor in determining the length of time an asymptomatic student will be out of the classroom so, if you are eligible, get vaccinated.

We understand that you may still feel the need for your child to attend the Virtual Program this school year. Langston Hughes is grateful to have all staff and students engaging in five days of in-person instruction. We believe that in-person learning is the best approach and are focused on providing a safe and positive learning experience for all students. The positive COVID rates in FCPS schools are around .3%, which encourages us to continue to believe that in-person learning for those without a documented medical need is the best option this school year.  For more information, review the Return to School Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Whether your family needs medical care for a COVID-related issue, seasonal cold or allergies, injuries, routine exams, or mental health and wellness, our community has a number of resources for you. Visit the Mental and Physical Health and Community Resources webpage for a full list of organizations that can provide support and care. 

Sincerely,

 Aimee Monticchio

Principal, Langston Hughes MS

 

Main Office Updates

 EARLY DISMISSALS

Student(s) must bring a note signed by the parent to the front office indicating reason for dismissal and time of departure. The student will be given an early dismissal form, which will be his/her pass to leave class at the indicated time to meet parent in the front office. Parent/parents designee (name must be on the emergency care card) must come into the office to sign out their Student(s) and have ID available. No emailed notes will be accepted. If a student returns to school again later the same day, he/she must check in at the office to get a pass before returning to class. NOTE:  Students with afternoon appointments need to be picked up by 1:30pm to ensure that you will not be blocked in by school buses.

 

BUSES

FCPS bus transportation is an extension of the school day, and the same student behavior standards that apply in the classroom apply on the bus and at the bus stop.  Riders are expected to respect the driver’s authority, remain in their seats, keep their hands to themselves and their voices low, keep the aisles clear, and generally behave in a way that contributes to a safe, pleasant trip to and from school.  Also, students should be riding their designated bus to and from school, riding a bus that they are not designated to creates capacity issues and potential concerns should we need to contact you about a bus emergency.

 

Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services Messages

Helping Your New Middle Schooler Survive & Thrive:  Class of 2027!

As you and your student navigate the transition to middle school, consider joining Assistant Principal, Amy Smith, 7th grade class administrator, and other Hughes/FCPS personnel for monthly sessions that will help you and your student not only survive, but thrive! 

The first session will be September 29 with the topic “Transition Strategies  & Understanding What’s Developmentally Appropriate for Your Middle Adolescent.”

Use this Sign Up Genius link to RSVP; space and social distancing requirements require us to cap the event at 35 participants.  First consideration will be given to 7th grade parents who are new to middle school.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0449AFAB238-survive

Future Academy Dates are October 28, December 1, January 18, and February 23 and include topics including school resources available to support you and your student, helping your student navigate social changes and social media, effective communication and affirmation, and course selection/special programming available to Hughes students.

ACT (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell an Adult) Program and Wellness Screening

On October 19th and 20th for 7th grade and on October 25th and 26th for 8th grade our clinical support team will be introducing a county-approved wellness screening curriculum to our students during health and PE classes The goals of this program are to educate students on the signs and symptoms of depression, to let students know what to do if they have concerns about themselves or a peer, and to connect students who may need support with resources inside and outside of our school.   During the program, students will watch a video which will help students to identify signs of depression and distress in themselves and others, as well as what to do if they, or someone they know, are experiencing these symptoms. Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. Students will complete a brief depression screening tool. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but does indicate whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional.  We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. Parents can also view video resources here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5e27-ocGBHqSSvbIIL9-1Ibr8gutAe5k If you would like your child to Opt Out or would like more information, please contact our school psychologist, Stephanie Harris at smharris1@fcps.edu

World Language Credit Exam

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, at Robinson SS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.  *Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International.

Registration opens on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. For more information contact your student’s counselor:

Marissa Brooks mlbrooks@fcps.edu - 7th Grade Last Names A-K

Mark Blocker mfblocker@fcps.edu – 7th Grade Last Names L-Z

Karen Back kabach@fcps.edu – 8th Grade Last Names A-K

Phyllis Degraffenried pjdegraffenr@fcps.edu – 8th Grade Last Names L-Z

Hughes After School Club Sign-up

The Club List  and the Club Sign-up Form are posted on the

After School Google Site , https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/hughes-after-school/home.  

(This site is only accessible while using a student google account.)  Students should pay attention to announcements during lunches and at the end of the day for club updates.  Some clubs will be added, as we gain access to more space.  Also, your student may find their late bus information on their "StudentVue" under Student Information

The AVID College Readiness System is designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school.  Many AVID students will be first-generation college students.

AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 middle or high school students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).  The class is led by a trained teacher and may include 2-4 tutorial groups (depending on class size).  These groups use higher order questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.

Tutors may work 1 to 25 hours per week, depending on tutor availability and openings in select Fairfax County public schools.  They earn $17.71 per hour.  Candidates must be currently enrolled in college or be college graduates. They should be willing to serve as positive role models for middle and high school students.  Comfort with higher-level math is especially needed, though not required.

Becoming an AVID tutor is also available to college students as a part-time job OR internship.

Finally, tutors must have reliable transportation as most of our schools are not accessible using public transport.

Interested applicants should send a resume to Bridget Wright at bmwright@fcps.edu.

This is a program at Langston Hughes, but you can also work at other schools close by including South Lakes and Herndon Middle and High school.

Ms. Echols and her students are reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and participating in the Iron Giraffe Challenge. Ms. Echols is proud to say that they are participating for a third year. Each year, they have managed to reach their goal. Please see details below:

 A Long Walk to Water is often read in middle school, usually in seventh grade, and students are so inspired by Salva’s story that they want to help. To harness the energy and excitement of students we created the Iron Giraffe Challenge– so named because that is how the villagers refer to the drilling rig in the book. Each academic year schools are challenged to raise $1,000. Schools completing the challenge are entered into a drawing to have Salva visit their school (Water for Sudan website).

We are, once again, calling on you to share our fundraising page with family and friends. Given the on-going state of our world, it continues to be vital that we think about and look to help others. We hope that as our students participate in this project, they learn some of what it means to be a global citizen and to consider the needs of others.

Mark your calendars......Tuesday, October 5 and Wednesday, October 6 are school picture days.  Stay tuned for further information as to what class this will happen in and how to order "Online” There will be no paper ordering this year and the photos will be delivered directly to your home.

October 5th & 6th - School Picture Days

October 11 - Student Holiday - Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 29 - End of 1st QTR - 2 Hour Early Release

November 1 & 2 - Student Holiday - Teacher Workdays

November 11 - Veterans Day - 2 Hour Early Release

November 24 - 26 - Schools and Office Closed - Thanksgiving

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

If you were unable to attend the PTA meeting Monday night, you can watch the video here.  

You will see a demonstration of  Schoology, hear about the fall VGAs (Virginia Growth Assessments) and understand the PTA Budget Review.  Thank you to all the parents who support our students and the PTA volunteers who come alongside us to contribute to the great work of our teachers and school.  I encourage parents to become members to make a difference in the lives of our incredible students.  The link to the membership link is here: Membership Shop.  

 We could not achieve without your help and support. 

Sincerely,

 Aimee Monticchio

Principal, Langston Hughes MS

 

Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services Messages

Helping Your New Middle Schooler Survive & Thrive:  Class of 2027!

As you and your student navigate the transition to middle school, consider joining Assistant Principal, Amy Smith, 7th grade class administrator, and other Hughes/FCPS personnel for monthly sessions that will help you and your student not only survive, but thrive! 

The first session will be September 29 with the topic “Transition Strategies  & Understanding What’s Developmentally Appropriate for Your Middle Adolescent.” A sign up will go out a week in advance; we are planning to hold sessions in person as we’re able. 

Future Academy Dates are October 28, December 1, January 18, and February 23 and include topics including school resources available to support you and your student, helping your student navigate social changes and social media, effective communication and affirmation, and course selection/special programming available to Hughes students.

SIS Gradebooks and Student Schedules

Parents will be able to view student grades in SIS ParentVUE beginning September 7th. While we have allowed some schedule changes as students may have realized an elective wasn’t quite what they thought or a core class level was too easy or challenging, after this time we will not be making schedule changes. The classes have begun to build culture and community with teachers and students, and teachers have begun entering grades. Students (and parents) can connect with their teachers and counselor if they need support in a class.

Connections and Return to Learn

3rd Period Connections - Our students are assigned a 3rd period teacher as a “Connections” teacher. In this class, students engage in school-wide lessons about academic and social emotional supports. Students will build community with their teacher and Connections classmates, and the Connections teacher will also have time for individual check-ins with students to support their academic success and well-being. Connections will meet on the first blue/odd period day of each week – Mondays or Tuesdays.

Return to Learn – We will begin our “Return to Learn” rotation on September 8th. On blue/odd period Wednesday, Thursdays, or Fridays, instead of Connections, students will “return” to their classes for extra support from teachers or extra time to complete or make up assignments or assessments.

Please see the schedule below for Connections/return to Learn:

Hughes After School Club Sign-up

The Club List  and the Club Sign-up Form are posted on the

After School Google Site , https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/hughes-after-school/home.  

(This site is only accessible while using a student google account.)  Students should pay attention to announcements during lunches and at the end of the day for club updates.  Some clubs will be added, as we gain access to more space.  Also, your student may find their late bus information on their "StudentVue" under Student Information

The AVID College Readiness System is designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school.  Many AVID students will be first-generation college students.

AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 middle or high school students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).  The class is led by a trained teacher and may include 2-4 tutorial groups (depending on class size).  These groups use higher order questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.

Tutors may work 1 to 25 hours per week, depending on tutor availability and openings in select Fairfax County public schools.  They earn $17.71 per hour.  Candidates must be currently enrolled in college or be college graduates. They should be willing to serve as positive role models for middle and high school students.  Comfort with higher-level math is especially needed, though not required.

Becoming an AVID tutor is also available to college students as a part-time job OR internship.

Finally, tutors must have reliable transportation as most of our schools are not accessible using public transport.

Interested applicants should send a resume to Bridget Wright at bmwright@fcps.edu.

This is a program at Langston Hughes, but you can also work at other schools close by including South Lakes and Herndon Middle and High school.

Mark your calendars......Tuesday, October 5 and Wednesday, October 6 are school picture days.  Stay tuned for further information as to what class this will happen in and how to order "Online” There will be no paper ordering this year and the photos will be delivered directly to your home.

October 5th & 6th - School Picture Days

October 11 - Student Holiday - Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Important information from Hughes Middle School

Principal's Message

Dear Hughes, Middle School Families,

You may be aware of the current trend that has emerged on the social media platform TikTok, calling for students to vandalize schools and promote the acts under the tag, "Devious Licks."  A recent Newsweek article has more detail.

Schools across FCPS are being vandalized and having property stolen, including here at Langston Hughes Middle School. We are especially concerned because soap dispensers have been stolen from our boys’ bathrooms, presenting a challenge to maintaining a healthy and safe school environment.  

This morning I reminded all of our students to be good citizens of the school community and to consider the consequences of their actions. I ask you to take the time to reinforce this message to your students at home.

Additionally, in response, we are checking bathrooms throughout the day and using our hallway cameras to monitor who is going in and out.  We have also assigned additional supervision around the bathrooms during transitions and added hand sanitizer outside of the bathroom so that it can be monitored by our security cameras.  We will also have a lesson in our Monday Connections class on being a good Digital Citizen when it comes to Social Media.

The majority of our students are doing the right thing in the instance.  However, students who vandalize school property are violating the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities and will face disciplinary action.

I appreciate your support in talking to your child both about their own use of Social Media and any actions that they might take that may have consequences beyond the digital world.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

Aimee Monticchio

Principal

 

 

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Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of 911, please keep the families of the fallen in your thoughts.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Student and staff safe are a priority for all of us. Langston Hughes MS has a comprehensive crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. This plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills. We are required to practice lockdown drills twice each year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based. During this time of COVID, the actual procedure for the lockdown in the classroom is modified for the drill only.

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. The first lockdown drill of the 2021-22 schoolyear is scheduled for Monday, September 14.

Additional information on our lockdown drill program including parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you are invited to discuss the importance and value of these safety drills with your child. Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your support in these efforts.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the administrative team should you have questions about the upcoming lockdown drill.

Sincerely,

 Aimee Monticchio

Principal, Langston Hughes MS

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REMINDER

Monday September 13, 2021 there is a PTA meeting; you can join us "In Person" in the library or you may join virtually by going into the "Parent All" course in Schoology, in the left "menu" click on "Zoom" and then click "Join".

Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services Messages

Family Life Education Updates

Parents & Guardians,

All information regarding curriculum resources, lesson progression, and opt-out considerations for Family Life Education (delivered through health and PE courses at both grade levels,) is available via the Parents All Course in Schoology.  Materials are also housed in the LHMS library for parent review.

Opt-Out forms:    The hard copies of the opt-out form that went home in back to school packets were not  the correct version.  If you sent in a hard copy, Amy Smith, the assistant principal that supervises the health & PE department, has reached out directly.  If you have not completed a form but would like to opt your student out of some or all of the lessons, please use the direct link below.  Contact your student’s HPE teacher or Amy Smith should you like more specific information about the lessons or opt-out considerations.

Program Descriptions, opt out forms, and home connection letters are also available at:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle

Cafeteria & Lunch Updates:

Students have settled into a routine during lunches and this week were allowed to choose their own seats and access our patio as well.  Students completed a seating chart that will remain in effect until the end of the first quarter.  Food service lines are moving smoothly and students seem to be enjoying their downtime.  Personal electronic devices can be used in the cafeteria (the one exception to our “Away for the Day” rule!) and we ask students to consider appropriate volume and the use of headphones/earbuds to maintain a reasonable volume

SIS Gradebooks and Student Schedules

Parents will be able to view student grades in SIS ParentVUE beginning September 7th. While we have allowed some schedule changes as students may have realized an elective wasn’t quite what they thought or a core class level was too easy or challenging, after this time we will not be making schedule changes. The classes have begun to build culture and community with teachers and students, and teachers have begun entering grades. Students (and parents) can connect with their teachers and counselor if they need support in a class.

Connections and Return to Learn

3rd Period Connections - Our students are assigned a 3rd period teacher as a “Connections” teacher. In this class, students engage in school-wide lessons about academic and social emotional supports. Students will build community with their teacher and Connections classmates, and the Connections teacher will also have time for individual check-ins with students to support their academic success and well-being. Connections will meet on the first blue/odd period day of each week – Mondays or Tuesdays.

Return to Learn – We will begin our “Return to Learn” rotation on September 8th. On blue/odd period Wednesday, Thursdays, or Fridays, instead of Connections, students will “return” to their classes for extra support from teachers or extra time to complete or make up assignments or assessments.

Please see the schedule below for Connections/return to Learn:

Hughes After School Club Sign-up

The Club List  and the Club Sign-up Form are posted on the

After School Google Site , https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/hughes-after-school/home.  

(This site is only accessible while using a student google account.)  Students should pay attention to announcements during lunches and at the end of the day for club updates.  Some clubs will be added, as we gain access to more space.  

The AVID College Readiness System is designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school.  Many AVID students will be first-generation college students.

AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 middle or high school students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).  The class is led by a trained teacher and may include 2-4 tutorial groups (depending on class size).  These groups use higher order questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.

Tutors may work 1 to 25 hours per week, depending on tutor availability and openings in select Fairfax County public schools.  They earn $17.71 per hour.  Candidates must be currently enrolled in college or be college graduates. They should be willing to serve as positive role models for middle and high school students.  Comfort with higher-level math is especially needed, though not required.

Becoming an AVID tutor is also available to college students as a part-time job OR internship.

Finally, tutors must have reliable transportation as most of our schools are not accessible using public transport.

Interested applicants should send a resume to Bridget Wright at bmwright@fcps.edu.

This is a program at Langston Hughes, but you can also work at other schools close by including South Lakes and Herndon Middle and High school.

Please consider purchasing some professional apparel from the AVID fundraiser. The funds raised will help us take the 8th grade on a full day field trip (if colleges open back up to group tours, maybe in the spring). Purchase from CustomInk here and it will be delivered to the school (or you can pay extra to have it shipped to you). I need to sell 18 more items! The polo is the sport, quick dry material, the hoodie, and jacket have thumb holes to help you keep your hands warm too! These are all screen printed, so there won’t be a fabric patch on the back. The deadline to order is Wednesday 9/15.

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

Mask Up! View your mask as your superhero cloak. Masks are not simply a piece of fabric we are told to wear. They have superpowers. Masks are an effective tool to keep ourselves and others safe and keep students learning together in classrooms.

Vax Up! Vaccination is the key to moving us all out of the pandemic and reducing the need for pauses in in-person learning. If you haven’t done so already, get vaccinated today

Wash Up and Cover Up! Washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and other good hygiene practices are easy. Yet these are simple things we can do every day to stay healthy and stop germs from spreading

Hold Up! Pause before heading to school or work. Do you feel sick? Are you having any symptoms of COVID-19? If so, stay home until you are better. 

 

September 13, 2021 PTA Meeting - Virtually or "In Person" in the library - 6:30PM

September 16, 2021 - Yom Kippur - Religious/Cultural Observance

October 5th & 6th - School Picture Days

October 11 - Student Holiday - Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Important information from Hughes Middle School

Principal's Message

Dear Hughes Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Please visit our Back to School Night Google Site for information about our school, your teachers and the curriculum and culture of their classes.  You will need to sign in with your student’s school account. 

https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/hughesmsvirtualbacktoschoolnig/home

We trust this will give you an understanding of who we are and what your student will enjoy at school this year. 

 We wish the whole community a wonderful, long Labor Day Weekend.  Tomorrow, (Friday) and Monday are student and staff holidays!

Sincerely,

Aimée Monticchio

Principal

Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services Messages

SIS Gradebooks and Student Schedules

Parents will be able to view student grades in SIS ParentVUE beginning September 7th. While we have allowed some schedule changes as students may have realized an elective wasn’t quite what they thought or a core class level was too easy or challenging, after this time we will not be making schedule changes. The classes have begun to build culture and community with teachers and students, and teachers have begun entering grades. Students (and parents) can connect with their teachers and counselor if they need support in a class.

Locker Requests

We have received requests for student lockers. Students may still request a locker using the Locker Request Form by Tuesday, September 7th. The locker request form is also available on the Langston Hughes Student All Course in Schoology. Our brand-new lockers are still being assigned combinations, so please bear with us as our Student Services office processes the locker requests and assigns lockers. Lockers will be assigned during the first month of school. Please keep in mind that if a student requests a locker, the combination may not be shared, and the locker may only be used by the student assigned.

Please note that there will be still be gym lockers assigned to all students for PE classes and music lockers available to store instruments in the band and orchestra classrooms.

Connections and Return to Learn

3rd Period Connections - Our students are assigned a 3rd period teacher as a “Connections” teacher. In this class, students engage in school-wide lessons about academic and social emotional supports. Students will build community with their teacher and Connections classmates, and the Connections teacher will also have time for individual check-ins with students to support their academic success and well-being. Connections will meet on the first blue/odd period day of each week – Mondays or Tuesdays.

Return to Learn – We will begin our “Return to Learn” rotation on September 8th. On blue/odd period Wednesday, Thursdays, or Fridays, instead of Connections, students will “return” to their classes for extra support from teachers or extra time to complete or make up assignments or assessments.

Please see the schedule below for Connections/return to Learn:

The AVID College Readiness System is designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school.  Many AVID students will be first-generation college students.

AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 middle or high school students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).  The class is led by a trained teacher and may include 2-4 tutorial groups (depending on class size).  These groups use higher order questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.

Tutors may work 1 to 25 hours per week, depending on tutor availability and openings in select Fairfax County public schools.  They earn $17.71 per hour.  Candidates must be currently enrolled in college or be college graduates. They should be willing to serve as positive role models for middle and high school students.  Comfort with higher-level math is especially needed, though not required.

Becoming an AVID tutor is also available to college students as a part-time job OR internship.

Finally, tutors must have reliable transportation as most of our schools are not accessible using public transport.

Interested applicants should send a resume to Bridget Wright at bmwright@fcps.edu.

This is a program at Langston Hughes, but you can also work at other schools close by including South Lakes and Herndon Middle and High school.

Everything Transportation

Ridge Heights Road Neighborhood - Parents/students please remember that the subdivisions located on Ridge Heights are NOT to be used as a parking lot or waiting area; we ask that you respect the privacy of the homeowners.

Traffic Patterns
  • Door #1 (aka Main Office/Flagpole Side/ Seahawk Drive)
  • This is where the bus loop is. This is not where students should be dropped off or picked up between the hours of 7:00 – 7:30 AM and 2:00- 2:45 PM. Dropping off or picking up students on Seahawk Drive or the school parking lot is not permitted from 7:00-7:30 a.m.; it creates a traffic jam and causes additional safety problems with the arrival and departure of the school buses and staff.
  • Door #6 (aka Ridge Heights Road Kiss & Ride)
  • Students driven to and from school should use the Kiss & Ride area on Ridge Heights Road. Kiss & Ride is open from 7:10 – 7:25 a.m.
Fairfax Connector Bus Passes

Students can get a Fairfax Connect Bus Pass application in the main office or during their lunch period; after the student and parent/guardian review and sign the form, it needs be turned into the main office. A pass will be activated and issued to the student within a few days.

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

Mask Up! View your mask as your superhero cloak. Masks are not simply a piece of fabric we are told to wear. They have superpowers. Masks are an effective tool to keep ourselves and others safe and keep students learning together in classrooms.

Vax Up! Vaccination is the key to moving us all out of the pandemic and reducing the need for pauses in in-person learning. If you haven’t done so already, get vaccinated today

Wash Up and Cover Up! Washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and other good hygiene practices are easy. Yet these are simple things we can do every day to stay healthy and stop germs from spreading

Hold Up! Pause before heading to school or work. Do you feel sick? Are you having any symptoms of COVID-19? If so, stay home until you are better. 

 

  • Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6 - Labor Day holidays - No school/Offices Closed
  • Tuesday, September 7 - Religious and Cultural Observance- Rosh Hashanha
  • Monday, September 13- PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00 pm, Pre-meeting Topic: Schoology and Fall SOLs

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Principal's Message

Dear Hughes Parents, Guardians, and Students,

We had a strong and safe start to the school year! Students and staff are building a sense of community to ensure that all students feel welcome and that they belong here.  We have already jumped into the content of our courses and familiarized ourselves with school tools that are resources for the students.  Please enjoy this video of the highlights of the week and thank you for your support of your student and our school. 

https://youtu.be/hImwuB97n7I

Sincerely,

Aimée Monticchio

Principal

WELCOME Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services Messages

Away for the Day:

At LHMS, we value P.O.W.E.R.ful classroom instruction and engagement.  To support this mindset, we are an “Away for the Day” school.  Students are permitted to use their devices until 7:30, during lunch while in the cafeteria, and after dismissal.  Cell phone/device usage (including earbuds, AirPods, and headphones) are not permitted during class or in the hallways during class transitions.  Cell phones are not allowed at any time in restrooms or locker rooms.  Please reinforce this message with your students at home and reach out to your student’s grade level administrator with any questions you might have.

Parent/Caregiver Preview of FLE Curriculum Materials:

In accord with the code of Virginia, parents/caregivers are able and encouraged to review curriculum materials for the FCPS Family Life Education lessons.  A folder, Parent Preview - FLE Instruction will be uploaded to Schoology by September 2, 2021 that includes links to the lessons, slide presentations, and media for which FCPS has purchased streaming rights. Some media titles may only be available for parents to view at the school.  Opt-out forms were included in our back to school paperwork should you like to opt your child out of any or all FLE lessons.  Please contact your student’s health & physical education teacher or assistant principal Amy Smith should you have specific questions you’d like addressed.

LOCKERS

Student may request  a locker if they feel that they will need one for the 2021-2022 school year. Traditionally, many of our students use their lockers in a very limited way, and find it easier to stay organized and be more prepared for class by keeping materials in their backpacks as opposed to having some materials with them and others in a locker.

Locker request forms are available on the Langston Hughes Student All Course in Schoology. You can also access the form here: Locker Request Form. Our Student Services office will process locker requests and distribute locker assignments during the first month of school.  Please keep in mind, that if a student requests a locker, the combination may not be shared, and the locker may only be used by the student assigned.

Please note that there will be still be gym lockers assigned to all students for PE classes and music lockers available to store instruments.

Everything Transportation Traffic Patterns
  • Door #1 (aka Main Office/Flagpole Side/ Seahawk Drive)
  • This is where the bus loop is. This is not where students should be dropped off or picked up between the hours of 7:00 – 7:30 AM and 2:00- 2:45 PM. Dropping off or picking up students on Seahawk Drive or the school parking lot is not permitted from 7:00-7:30 a.m.; it creates a traffic jam and causes additional safety problems with the arrival and departure of the school buses and staff.
  • Door #6 (aka Ridge Heights Road Kiss & Ride)
  • Students driven to and from school should use the Kiss & Ride area on Ridge Heights Road. Kiss & Ride is open from 7:10 – 7:25 a.m.
Fairfax Connector Bus Passes

Students can get a Fairfax Connect Bus Pass application in the main office or during their lunch period; after the student and parent/guardian review and sign the form, it needs be turned into the main office. A pass will be activated and issued to the student within a few days.

SLHS Block Party and Football Game

Block Party

Please join us in the stadium parking lot for the annual SLHS Block Party from 4:30-6:30. Featuring food trucks, live music, games, and booths sponsored by various SLHS organizations and teams, the Block Party also is a great opportunity to get your Seahawk spirit wear from the Booster Club. There is no fee to get into the Block Party. Some groups will be selling items (cash) and the food trucks will have items for sale (typically cash and charge). We hope to see you there!

First Home Varsity Football Game – see Cheer, Dance and Marching Band too!

Come join the fun as we kick-off the official start of the football season Friday night at 7:00PM.  Support of Cheerleaders on the sidelines along with Dance and Band who will be performing at half-time. Please note, students will not be permitted to bring backpacks into the stadium for games.  We will have no place to store them if you do.  Please leave all personal belongings at home. 

Tickets:

The South Lakes Athletic Department is excited to share that we have a new digital ticketing system, eTIX.  Tickets are now available online for our 2021 Fall season!  To purchase tickets in advance, use this link  to select the event for which you want tickets, then use your credit card information to purchase the number of tickets you want. You will receive a confirmation email for your purchase, and you will pull up that email on your phone to present to the ticket booth, scanning your ticket. This same procedure will also be used for those who wish to make credit card purchases for tickets at the gate on the day of the event.

Purchasing your ticket ahead of time will save you time at the gate.  If you forget to purchase your tickets ahead of time, we will have QR codes posted at the gate to scan and purchase your tickets on your phone.

Click here to order your tickets.  We will send this link each week in the Athletics news you choose https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/16169/south-lakes-high-school-athletics

Gates will open 45 minutes prior to the listed start time.

Current Mask Requirement (8-25-21)– please plan ahead

While masks are not required outside for those who are vaccinated, we are expecting a crowd at the first home football game. We strongly encourage all fans, adults, and students, to wear a mask if they are in close proximity to others

 

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

Mask Up! View your mask as your superhero cloak. Masks are not simply a piece of fabric we are told to wear. They have superpowers. Masks are an effective tool to keep ourselves and others safe and keep students learning together in classrooms.

Vax Up! Vaccination is the key to moving us all out of the pandemic and reducing the need for pauses in in-person learning. If you haven’t done so already, get vaccinated today

Wash Up and Cover Up! Washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and other good hygiene practices are easy. Yet these are simple things we can do every day to stay healthy and stop germs from spreading

Hold Up! Pause before heading to school or work. Do you feel sick? Are you having any symptoms of COVID-19? If so, stay home until you are better. 

 

  • Wednesday, September 1 - Virtual Back to School Night 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6 - Labor Day holidays - No school/Offices Closed
  • Tuesday, September 7 - Religious and Cultural Observance- Rosh Hashanha
  • Monday, September 13- PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00 pm, Pre-meeting Topic: Schoology and Fall SOLs

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Principal's Message

Dear Hughes Parents, Guardians, and Students,

We are excited to greet you tomorrow at our Open House. You can choose from one of two sessions - 12:00-2:00 or 4:30-6:30. In the cafeteria, students and parents will be able to turn in emergency and health care forms and pick up student schedules and school maps. In the entry hallway,  parents can join the PTA and purchase items and  students can find out about the after school program. If parents have medication to drop off, they may stop by the Clinic. We ask for all parents who attend to visit the Library to activate SIS accounts, complete the Digital Resource Consent form, and learn more about Schoology. Parents also have an opportunity to learn more about the FLE program.  If you are a parent of a 7th grader, you can join Ms. Smith, 7th grade administrator, for one of her sessions about how to Survive and Thrive with a Middle Schooler! Most importantly, students will be able to explore our beautiful new building, find their classrooms, and meet their teachers.  We cannot wait to meet you!

Sincerely,

Aimée Monticchio

Principal

 

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Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources

 

As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, we come to you with the annual Digital Resource Consent form.  Within FCPS and Hughes MS, our teachers use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year requires your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Hughes MS Adopted Digital Resources. Additionally, you can find more information here.

ACTION ITEM: Parent or guardian: Complete this form  to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital tools this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the tools until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Ms. Kerze our School Based Technology Specialist if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources.

Al comenzar el año escolar 2021-2022, llegamos a usted con el formulario de Consentimiento de recursos digitales anual. Dentro de FCPS y Hughes MS, nuestros maestros utilizan una variedad de recursos digitales para apoyar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes y promover la comunicación y la colaboración con los estudiantes y las familias. Algunos de los recursos digitales que su hijo puede usar este año requieren su consentimiento antes de que puedan usarse. Puede encontrar la lista de recursos de nuestra escuela que requieren el consentimiento de los padres aquí: Recursos digitales adoptados por Hughes MS. Además, puede encontrar más información aquí.

 ELEMENTO DE ACCIÓN: Padre o tutor: Complete este formulario para indicar si su estudiante puede o no usar la lista de herramientas digitales este año. Esta página también brinda más información sobre cómo FCPS revisa cuidadosamente los recursos digitales para su aprobación y por qué debemos solicitar su consentimiento antes de usar ciertas herramientas. Le recomendamos que complete el formulario de consentimiento de los padres para los recursos digitales lo antes posible, ya que su hijo no podrá utilizar las herramientas hasta que hayamos recibido su permiso. Comuníquese con la Sra. Kerze, nuestra especialista en tecnología basada en la escuela, si tiene preguntas o inquietudes sobre los recursos digitales.

 

  • Thursday, August 19 - Open House 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm or 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 19, - 7th Grade AVID Binder Kick-off 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Monday, August 23 - First Day of School and Laptop Distribution
  • Wednesday, September 1 - Virtual Back to School Night 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6 - Labor Day holidays - No school
  • Monday, September 13- PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00 pm, Pre-meeting Topic: Schoology and Fall SOLs

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Dear Hughes Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Next week we will host the community in our Open House.  During Open House students and parents may walk their class schedules and meet teachers; parents are invited to confirm their ParentVue accounts, get acclimated to Schoology, and familiarize yourself with the PTA, and order a Yearbook.   Choose an afternoon or an evening session to meet and greet teachers in classrooms. 

As a reminder, masks are required indoors at school. 

STUDENT OPEN HOUSE (Schedule Pick Up):  Students may pick up their class schedules during the Open House on Thursday, August 19th.  Please choose the session that is most convenient for your family: either from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. OR 4:30-6:30 p.m.  In order to pick up class schedules and access the Open House, we will need the Emergency Care and Health Forms.

ACTION ITEM: Please update online: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool

OR Complete, sign, date, and bring with you to Open House:

UNABLE TO ATTEND OPEN HOUSE? Student schedules will also be available on SIS ParentVue and StudentVue on August 19.  First period teachers will also be on wall lists when students arrive August 23rd.  All students will receive a hard copy of their schedule in 1st period the first day of school.

Sincerely,

 

Aimée Monticchio

Principal

 

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Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources

 

As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, we come to you with the annual Digital Resource Consent form.  Within FCPS and Hughes MS, our teachers use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year requires your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Hughes MS Adopted Digital Resources. Additionally, you can find more information here.

ACTION ITEM: Parent or guardian: Complete this form  to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital tools this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the tools until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Ms. Kerze our School Based Technology Specialist if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources.

Al comenzar el año escolar 2021-2022, llegamos a usted con el formulario de Consentimiento de recursos digitales anual. Dentro de FCPS y Hughes MS, nuestros maestros utilizan una variedad de recursos digitales para apoyar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes y promover la comunicación y la colaboración con los estudiantes y las familias. Algunos de los recursos digitales que su hijo puede usar este año requieren su consentimiento antes de que puedan usarse. Puede encontrar la lista de recursos de nuestra escuela que requieren el consentimiento de los padres aquí: Recursos digitales adoptados por Hughes MS. Además, puede encontrar más información aquí.

 ELEMENTO DE ACCIÓN: Padre o tutor: Complete este formulario para indicar si su estudiante puede o no usar la lista de herramientas digitales este año. Esta página también brinda más información sobre cómo FCPS revisa cuidadosamente los recursos digitales para su aprobación y por qué debemos solicitar su consentimiento antes de usar ciertas herramientas. Le recomendamos que complete el formulario de consentimiento de los padres para los recursos digitales lo antes posible, ya que su hijo no podrá utilizar las herramientas hasta que hayamos recibido su permiso. Comuníquese con la Sra. Kerze, nuestra especialista en tecnología basada en la escuela, si tiene preguntas o inquietudes sobre los recursos digitales.

 

  • Thursday, August 19 - Open House 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm or 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 19, - 7th Grade AVID Binder Kick-off 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Monday, August 23 - First Day of School and Laptop Distribution
  • Wednesday, September 1 - Virtual Back to School Night 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6 - Labor Day holidays - No school
  • Monday, September 13- PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00 pm, Pre-meeting Topic: Schoology and Fall SOLs

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Principal's Message

In case you missed the News You Choose that went out on 07/30/2021, please see below.

August 2021

Dear Hughes Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Welcome to the 2021 - 2022 school year!  I hope that you have had a wonderful summer and are ready to take on the opportunities and adventures that lie ahead. We are so excited to welcome all of our staff and students back in person and into our beautiful brand-new school! The renovation is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of this school year.  We will continue to put the safety of our students and staff as a priority.  The county policies that guide our procedures can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/student-health-and-safety-guidance-document  Last school year the Langston Hughes staff and students showed their resilience, and we are ready to build on the lessons learned as we return in person. 

The academic achievements at Hughes are the result of the entire community: school staff, students, and parents working together to maintain the focus on performing at the highest level of academic attainment. I count it a privilege to work together with you on the mission to develop students that are outstanding scholars and thoughtful citizens. 

Included here is important information you will need to start the year off informed. The teachers will be arriving soon, and we anticipate all our students’ arrival on Monday, August 23, 2021August 23rd is a regular Blue day of school with classes scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The warning bell rings at 7:25 a.m. Students who are driven to school should be dropped off at Kiss & Ride on Ridge Heights Road, avoiding the faculty parking lot and the bus loop.

STUDENT OPEN HOUSE (Schedule Pick Up):  Students may pick up their class schedules during the Open House on Thursday, August 19th.  Please choose the session that is most convenient for your family: either from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. OR 4:30-6:30 p.m.  In order to pick up class schedules and access the Open House, we will need the Emergency Care and Health Forms.

ACTION ITEM: Please update online: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool

OR Complete, sign, date, and bring with you to Open House:

During Open House students and parents may walk their class schedules and meet teachers; parents are invited to confirm their ParentVue accounts, get acclimated to Schoology, and familiarize yourself with the PTA, and order a Yearbook.   

UNABLE TO ATTEND OPEN HOUSE? Student schedules will also be available on SIS ParentVue and StudentVue on August 19.  First period teachers will also be on wall lists when students arrive August 23rd.  All students will receive a hard copy of their schedule in 1st period the first day of school.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Our Back to School Night will be virtual this year and launch on Wednesday, September 1st.  We will have a Back to School website with video introductions and information from each teacher. More information about our Back to School website to come.

SIS ParentVue ACCOUNT:  FCPS provides SIS ParentVue Accounts to each FCPS parent. This enables access to view your student’s attendance, grades of record, and additional information.  ACTION ITEM: Each parent who has not previously activated a  SIS ParentVue Account should contact Jackie Kerze at jmkerze@fcps.edu to receive an activation key. More information can be found here.  http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS

SCHOOLOGY:  We will not use Blackboard 24-7 Learning or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU). Schoology will be our new platform, and Zoom will be used as the new web conferencing tool. Schoology works with Google drive, and students will still use Google tools. Through Schoology, parents can access student classes, class assignments, a calendar, and more! In order for parents to access Schoology, you will need a SIS ParentVUE account.  More information can be found here:  http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS . You can learn more about Schoology here: Welcome to Schoology, https://www.fcps.edu/schoology. Parent accounts will be available in mid-August, but information about how to log in to the accounts will be shared close to the start of the school year. 

LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION:  Each student will receive a laptop for use for schoolwork. Laptop distribution will be on the first day of school - August 23, 2021. Students will receive their laptops in their 1st period classes.  No technology fee will be charged this year.

LOCKERS:  Students may carry backpacks during the day to ensure that they have all of their school supplies with them in classes.  The classes have wall hooks for storage in classrooms.  Nevertheless, lockers will also be distributed on a request basis the first week of school if a student would like one.  ACTION ITEM: Students who wish to request one can visit the table at Open House or get the request form at lunches during the first week of school.  They will receive their locker number and combination from their counselor during the first few weeks of school.

RAISING THE BAR IN SOCIAL STUDIES:  We are excited to share with you our plan to raise the academic bar for all students at Langston Hughes Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond.  All students (with a few exceptions of students who need smaller group support) will be enrolled in Honors social studies classes – history and Civics. (Students receiving level IV advanced academics services will still be grouped together for “AA” courses in these subjects.)  Our social studies classes have already been designed as project and performance-based classes and past students have been overwhelmingly successful. We believe that all of our students can engage with the honors extensions and have the support needed to be successful. We believe that this plan will increase students’ access to rigorous instruction and open up future academic opportunities for all students. Please be sure to reach out to our Director of Student Services and Social Studies Administrator, Michele Beard, at  mbeard@fcps.edu  with any questions you might have.  . 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: On the first day of school students are expected to come prepared with a notebook and a pencil.  A grade level specific school supply list can be found on the Hughes Middle School website. Individual teachers may require additional supplies, and students will be provided with this information once school begins. You can find our school supply list here: https://hughesms.fcps.edu/about/supply-list.

LUNCH PROGRAMS: School lunches and breakfast will be free to all students for the 2021 – 2022 school year

CLINIC: For students who will need to take medications during school hours, parents may bring medication and forms to the Hughes Clinic on August 19 from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during our Open House.  The physician’s form must be completed, and the medication must be in the original container.  Over the counter medications (e.g. Tylenol) must be in the original package.  A form must be completed for students to carry an Epi-pen or an inhaler.  Students are otherwise never permitted to carry medications with them.   Forms are available at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services. Parents/guardians may also bring medication and forms to the clinic once school starts.  Contact the Public Health Nurse, MaryEllen Wolf at mwolf@fcps.edu  with any questions about FCPS medication policy or if you need to make arrangements for an alternate drop-off date and time. 

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Thursday, August 19 - Open House 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm or 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 19, - 7th Grade AVID Binder Kick-off 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Monday, August 23 - First Day of School and Laptop Distribution
  • Wednesday, September 1 - Back to School Night 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6 - Labor Day holidays - No school
  • Monday, September 13- PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00 pm, Pre-meeting Topic: Schoology and Fall SOLs

Please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of my administrative team should you have any concerns or suggestions throughout the year.  We look forward to working with your student this year! 

Director of Student Services - Michele Beard mbeard@fcps.edu 

7th Grade Administrator - Amy Smith aesmith2@fcps.edu 

8th Grade Administrator - Sharon Duncan-Hudspeth sdduncanhuds@fcps.edu 

Sincerely,

 

Aimée Monticchio

Principal

 

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August 2021

Dear Hughes Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Welcome to the 2021 - 2022 school year!  I hope that you have had a wonderful summer and are ready to take on the opportunities and adventures that lie ahead. We are so excited to welcome all of our staff and students back in person and into our beautiful brand-new school! The renovation is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of this school year.  We will continue to put the safety of our students and staff as a priority.  The county policies that guide our procedures can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/student-health-and-safety-guidance-document  Last school year the Langston Hughes staff and students showed their resilience, and we are ready to build on the lessons learned as we return in person. 

The academic achievements at Hughes are the result of the entire community: school staff, students, and parents working together to maintain the focus on performing at the highest level of academic attainment. I count it a privilege to work together with you on the mission to develop students that are outstanding scholars and thoughtful citizens. 

Included here is important information you will need to start the year off informed. The teachers will be arriving soon, and we anticipate all our students’ arrival on Monday, August 23, 2021August 23rd is a regular Blue day of school with classes scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The warning bell rings at 7:25 a.m. Students who are driven to school should be dropped off at Kiss & Ride on Ridge Heights Road, avoiding the faculty parking lot and the bus loop.

STUDENT OPEN HOUSE (Schedule Pick Up):  Students may pick up their class schedules during the Open House on Thursday, August 19th.  Please choose the session that is most convenient for your family: either from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. OR 4:30-6:30 p.m.  In order to pick up class schedules and access the Open House, we will need the Emergency Care and Health Forms.

ACTION ITEM: Please update online: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool

OR Complete, sign, date, and bring with you to Open House:

During Open House students and parents may walk their class schedules and meet teachers; parents are invited to confirm their ParentVue accounts, get acclimated to Schoology, and familiarize yourself with the PTA, and order a Yearbook.   

UNABLE TO ATTEND OPEN HOUSE? Student schedules will also be available on SIS ParentVue and StudentVue on August 19.  First period teachers will also be on wall lists when students arrive August 23rd.  All students will receive a hard copy of their schedule in 1st period the first day of school.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Our Back to School Night will be virtual this year and launch on Wednesday, September 1st.  We will have a Back to School website with video introductions and information from each teacher. More information about our Back to School website to come.

SIS ParentVue ACCOUNT:  FCPS provides SIS ParentVue Accounts to each FCPS parent. This enables access to view your student’s attendance, grades of record, and additional information.  ACTION ITEM: Each parent who has not previously activated a  SIS ParentVue Account should contact Jackie Kerze at jmkerze@fcps.edu to receive an activation key. More information can be found here.  http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS

SCHOOLOGY:  We will not use Blackboard 24-7 Learning or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU). Schoology will be our new platform, and Zoom will be used as the new web conferencing tool. Schoology works with Google drive, and students will still use Google tools. Through Schoology, parents can access student classes, class assignments, a calendar, and more! In order for parents to access Schoology, you will need a SIS ParentVUE account.  More information can be found here:  http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS . You can learn more about Schoology here: Welcome to Schoology, https://www.fcps.edu/schoology. Parent accounts will be available in mid-August, but information about how to log in to the accounts will be shared close to the start of the school year. 

LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION:  Each student will receive a laptop for use for schoolwork. Laptop distribution will be on the first day of school - August 23, 2021. Students will receive their laptops in their 1st period classes.  No technology fee will be charged this year.

LOCKERS:  Students may carry backpacks during the day to ensure that they have all of their school supplies with them in classes.  The classes have wall hooks for storage in classrooms.  Nevertheless, lockers will also be distributed on a request basis the first week of school if a student would like one.  ACTION ITEM: Students who wish to request one can visit the table at Open House or get the request form at lunches during the first week of school.  They will receive their locker number and combination from their counselor during the first few weeks of school.

RAISING THE BAR IN SOCIAL STUDIES:  We are excited to share with you our plan to raise the academic bar for all students at Langston Hughes Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond.  All students (with a few exceptions of students who need smaller group support) will be enrolled in Honors social studies classes – history and Civics. (Students receiving level IV advanced academics services will still be grouped together for “AA” courses in these subjects.)  Our social studies classes have already been designed as project and performance-based classes and past students have been overwhelmingly successful. We believe that all of our students can engage with the honors extensions and have the support needed to be successful. We believe that this plan will increase students’ access to rigorous instruction and open up future academic opportunities for all students. Please be sure to reach out to our Director of Student Services and Social Studies Administrator, Michele Beard, at  mbeard@fcps.edu  with any questions you might have.  . 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: On the first day of school students are expected to come prepared with a notebook and a pencil.  A grade level specific school supply list can be found on the Hughes Middle School website. Individual teachers may require additional supplies, and students will be provided with this information once school begins. You can find our school supply list here: https://hughesms.fcps.edu/about/supply-list.

LUNCH PROGRAMS: School lunches and breakfast will be free to all students for the 2021 – 2022 school year

CLINIC: For students who will need to take medications during school hours, parents may bring medication and forms to the Hughes Clinic on August 19 from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during our Open House.  The physician’s form must be completed, and the medication must be in the original container.  Over the counter medications (e.g. Tylenol) must be in the original package.  A form must be completed for students to carry an Epi-pen or an inhaler.  Students are otherwise never permitted to carry medications with them.   Forms are available at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services. Parents/guardians may also bring medication and forms to the clinic once school starts.  Contact the Public Health Nurse, MaryEllen Wolf at mwolf@fcps.edu  with any questions about FCPS medication policy or if you need to make arrangements for an alternate drop-off date and time. 

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Thursday, August 19 - Open House 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm or 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 19, - 7th Grade AVID Binder Kick-off 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Monday, August 23 - First Day of School and Laptop Distribution
  • Wednesday, September 1 - Back to School Night 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6 - Labor Day holidays - No school
  • Monday, September 13- PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00 pm, Pre-meeting Topic: Schoology and Fall SOLs

Please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of my administrative team should you have any concerns or suggestions throughout the year.  We look forward to working with your student this year! 

Director of Student Services - Michele Beard mbeard@fcps.edu 

7th Grade Administrator - Amy Smith aesmith2@fcps.edu 

8th Grade Administrator - Sharon Duncan-Hudspeth sdduncanhuds@fcps.edu 

Sincerely,

 

Aimée Monticchio

Principal

 

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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students, 

Greetings from Langston Hughes Middle School!   I hope that you are having a wonderful summer and are enjoying the opportunity to get out and about in the community.  The Langston Hughes 12-month staff are busy with summer tasks to prepare to receive the full community late August.  I interrupt your summer for just a few quick updates; later in the summer you will receive more details about our opening.  We look forward to an incredible school year celebrating together the perseverance of the community last year and launching in person school for all.  We can’t wait to see all your faces. :-)

I am excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

Here is what you need to know now:

  • Starting in July 2021, we will not use Blackboard 24-7 Learning or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) 
  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology: http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS
  • You can learn more about Schoology: Welcome to Schoology, https://www.fcps.edu/schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students received a Schoology account June 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts
    • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology:  https://lms.fcps.edu. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

 

Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. As a parent or guardian, you will be able to use Schoology to view:

  • your child's class 
  • your child’s assignments and participation
  • your child’s calendar
  • teacher comments, scores, and feedback

ACTION ITEM:

Also, save the dates for these community events to kick off the school year:

  • August 19, 2021, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Open House
  • August 23, 2021, 7:30-2:15, First Day of School, Laptop Distribution 1st Period, (students follow a Blue/Odd Day schedule)
  • September 1, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Back to School Night

Again, look out for further opening information later in the month. For now, stay cool, and do what recharges you and your family best.  

With Kind Regards,

Aimée Monticchio

Principal

Estimados padres e estudiantes:

¡Saludos de Langston Hughes Middle School! Espero que estén teniendo un verano maravilloso y estén disfrutando de la oportunidad de salir y pasear por la comunidad. El personal de 12 meses de Langston Hughes está ocupado con las tareas de verano para prepararse para recibir a toda la comunidad a fines de agosto. Interrumpo tu verano solo para unas breves noticias; más adelante en el verano recibirán más detalles sobre nuestra apertura del colegio. Esperamos un año escolar increíble celebrando juntos la perseverancia de la comunidad el año pasado y lanzando una escuela en persona para todos. Estamos ansiosos por ver todas sus caras. :-)

Me complace informarles que los alumnos, las familias y los profesores en todo FCPS y en nuestra comunidad escolar usaran Schoology (se pronuncia /SKOO-luh-jee/) como nuestro sistema de administraci6n del aprendizaje a partir del verano/otoiio de 2021.

Esto es lo que ustedes tienen que saber ahora:

  • A partir de julio de 2021, no usaremos Blackboard 24-7 Learning ni Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU)
  • Schoology tiene una herramienta asociada para reuniones web, Zoom
  • Schoology funciona con Google Drive
  • Ustedes necesitan tener una cuenta SIS/ParentVUE para ingresar a Schoology: http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS
  • Pueden averiguar mas sabre Schoology en: https://www.fcps.edu/schoology
  • La cuenta para padres estara disponible a mediados de agosto
    • Ustedes recibiran informaci6n sabre c6mo ingresar a la cuenta para padres cuando se acerque el inicio del aiio escolar
  • Los alumnos tendran una cuenta Schoology a mas tardar el 18 de junio de 2021
    • Los alumnos no veran ninguna clase hasta que comience el perfodo de calificaciones
    • Los alumnos usan su numero de identificaci6n estudiantil de FCPS y su contraseiia para ingresar a Schoology: https://lms.fcps.edu . Busquen el logotipo de FCPS para asegurarse de que estan en la pagina de ingreso correcta.

Main Office Summer Hours

The main office will be open from 8am to Noon, Monday through Friday and we will be monitoring phone calls and answering questions.  We will be accepting visitors by appointment only.  If you need to register a student , please call Cristina Hannon, the registrar at 703-715-3602 or reach out via email

at CMHannon@fcps.edu.  All others, please call the main office line at 703-716-3600 or you may reach out to Marion Perry at mperry1@fcps.edu.

 

 

Schoology es un espacio de aprendizaje que mejora la comunicaci6n, la colaboraci6n y el aprendizaje personalizado para los alumnos, los profesores y las familias. Como padres o tutores legales, ustedes podran usar Schoology para ver:

  • las clases de su hijo
  • los deberes de su hijo y su participaci6n
  • el calendario de su hijo
  • comentarios de los profesores, puntuaciones y feedback

Les pedimos que:

 

Además, guarde las fechas para estos eventos comunitarios para comenzar el año escolar:

19 de agosto de 2021, 12: 00-2: 00 p.m. Casa abierta/Open House

23 de agosto de 2021, 7: 30-2: 15, primer día de clases, primer período de distribución de computadoras portátiles (los estudiantes siguen un horario de días azules / impares)

1 de septiembre de 2021, 6: 30-8: 30 p.m. Noche de Regreso a la Escuela/Back to School Night

Busque más información de apertura más adelante en el mes. Por ahora, manténgase fresco y hagan lo que los recargue mejor a Usted y a su familia.

Atentamente,

Aimee Monticchio

Directora

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