Poe Family Newsletter

January 07, 2018

A message from POE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dear Poe Families,

2018 has gotten off to an interesting start! We hope you have been staying warm! We look forward to having the students return as we get close to the end of the second quarter! There is much to be done!

There are several important dates coming up. Please look at the ‘Save the Date’ section at the end of this message.

Message from FCPS regarding ‘Digital Citizenship’:

If you purchased a device for your child this holiday season, FCPS wants to help you support your child in the online world. If the device is internet-enabled, please consider the following tips and resources:

Educate yourself and your children. Digital citizenship is learning process and your child will need sustained support from parents and teachers. Visit bit.ly/fairfaxdigcit for a fun and interactive parent-child course that can help your family start conversations about navigating the online world.

Establish rules and expectations. Have you thought about the rules you want to establish with your child for setting up accounts and the privacy settings you expect your child to use? What are your expectations and how will you monitor your child’s online activities? Not sure where to start? Try these tip sheets, media agreements, and device contracts.

Help your child monitor and manage their screen time. It’s easy to spend hours on a device, especially when it's new. Use these guidelines and strategies to help your children learn to monitor and manage their screen time.

Discuss privacy settings and accounts. Teach your child to protect their personal information and model the use of privacy settings. Discuss why these settings are important and teach them how to make privacy setting choices for every app and service they use. This resource can help you get started.

Give your child action steps. Discuss potential situations that may arise before they happen and give your child action steps. Do they know what to they can do if cyber bullied, harassed, or if someone sends them something they don’t want to see? Every difficult situation is an opportunity to help prepare them for life beyond your home. These short parent advice videos, which can be filtered by topic and age, can help you identify action steps you can share with your child.

Teach your child to assess risks and make good choices. Online communication is public and permanent. Talk with your children regularly and remind them that what they do online can impact future opportunities. Their online reputation can also affect their relationships in the face to face world.

After School Program News: We are excited to announce that our After-School Program offered the most activities and events out of all FCPS middle schools to start this school year! We also had the second highest attendance in the county, with nearly 1200 students participating each week!

Thank you to all of our students, families, and staff for your support of the After-School Program! We look forward to continuing to have our students accomplish great things after school in 2018!

Thinking Ahead -- 2018-19 Course Selections: Planning for the 2018-2019 school year has begun. Over the next few weeks, we will work together to assist you and your child in the process of making educational decisions regarding course selections for the upcoming school year. This work will be critical to his or her success in middle school and beyond.

Beginning January 16th and throughout the month of February, Poe counselors will review course selection sheets and meet with students for academic advising sessions. Students are encouraged to select courses based on teacher feedback, progress in current courses, academic strengths, and personal interests. During this time, they will discuss the student’s course selections and answer any questions they may have. The 2018-2019 Course Descriptions and Guide will be available on the Poe Middle School website within the next week. Stay tuned!

This guide lists the required and elective offerings for 6th and 7th grade students. It is very important to note the grade levels and pre-requisites that are indicated for each course. Each student must register for seven (7) classes: the required five (5) classes including mathematics, English, science, history, and Health & Physical education, and a choice of two (2) year-long elective classes, four (4) semester elective classes, OR a combination of one (1) year-long and two (2) semester elective classes. Electives offer opportunities for enrichment, specialization, and exploration. It is necessary to select all the electives in order of preference in case there is a conflict in scheduling.

Course selections will be live in SIS Parent View and Student View- draft courses will be entered by the first week of March. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor with any questions about this process. We look forward to working with you!

Information Nights for Rising Ninth Graders:

  • Annandale HS and Falls Church HS visits Poe- January 8th in PE classes
  • Falls Church High School: Wednesday January 11th, 2018 6:00 pm
  • Annandale High School: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 7:00 pm


Save The Dates:

  • January 15 – Student Holiday; Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
  • January 25 – Last day of Second Quarter/First Semester
    • 2-hour early release for students
  • January 26 – Student Holiday: Teacher Workday
  • January 29 – Student Holiday: Staff Development Day
  • February 2 – Poe’s Got Talent; 7 pm


Have a wonderful week!