By Maria Eck, Principal
Message from the Principal
January 16, 2017

A message from POE MS January 16, 2017

Dear Poe Families,

We hope that you have enjoyed the long weekend and remember that Friday, January 20 is also a student holiday.  Students can use the time for some extra reading and catching up on any work that may be missing.  Also, all students can practice their math skills on DreamBox.  This can be done from any computer that has internet access.  The end of the second quarter is coming up very soon!


Thinking Ahead:

2017-18 Course Selections:

Planning for the 2017-2018 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 23rd and throughout the month of February, Poe counselors 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 2017-2018 Course Descriptions and Guide can be viewed on the Poe Middle School website.

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 counselor with any questions about this process. We look forward to working with you!


Information Nights for Rising Ninth Graders:

  • Annandale High School: Thursday, January 12th, 2017 7:00-8:30 pm
    • 7:00—7:45 Auditorium: Rising Freshman Parents and Students Information
    • 7:45—8:30 Cafeteria: Course Offerings Open House  
  • Falls Church High School: Wednesday January 18, 2017 6:30—8:30 pm
    • 6:30—7:30 Auditorium: Rising Freshman Parents and Students Information
    • 7:30—8:30 Cafeteria: Curriculum & Academy Information  


After-School Program This week's ASP Students of the Week are Yusuf Sesay and Adam Sobalvarro!  Yusuf has been doing a fantastic job as a volunteer with our Special Olympics basketball program and Adam was the winner of our NFL/NCAA Football Club uniform design competition.  Great job guys!