Heathcliff Herndon, on vacation at Germany July 8
RCMS shares summer break vacations 
James Steare and Rayyan Kambuly May 16, 2024

RCMS students and teachers enjoy a wide variety of summer vacations. While some go to the beach others might go to a lake house or even visit another country. Mr. Brian Corman, an eighth-grade civics teacher on the Explores...

Seventh grader James Steare looking at an image of a modern German tank that was gifted to Ukraine for the fight against Russia.
Students wonder if escalating global conflicts will lead to WWIII
Heathcliff Herndon, Journalist • May 16, 2024

With several major conflicts brewing around the globe, students are wondering, will they result in a Third World War? The Middle-Eastern Conflicts Some students were concerned last month when Israel was struck by Iran...

Silvia Metcalf, a seventh-grade All Stars student, stands firmly by her opinions against using Lightspeed in classrooms.
RCMS students and staff adjust to Lightspeed
Czaee Shah and Arohi Vamshi May 10, 2024

Many RCMS staff members began using a new computer monitoring software this January to watch the online behaviors of their students. This has led to many mixed reactions from both students and staff, with most of the students...

Towel service goes mostly unused
Silvia Metcalf, Writer • May 10, 2024

Towel service is an amenity that was available at the start of the year for $10. but few students knew it had started at the beginning of the year, causing a mix up.  Towel service’s  main purpose is to try and get...

Students enter TJ during the self-guided tour for admitted applicants.
TJ admissions results released
Kate Russell May 9, 2024

Out of over 2,000 applicants to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology from across Northern Virginia, 550 were admitted, 38 of whom are from Carson. The admissions decisions were released on Friday, April...

Students rehearse Treasure Island during an after-school practice.
"Treasure Island" cast works towards May 9-10 performances
Janani Ramanathan and Deeptha Vijayasarathy May 8, 2024

The RCMS theater is producing “Treasure Island” this year on May 9-10, directed by our new Theater Arts teacher Mr. Mic Harmon. Traditionally, RCMS does a play during the fall, and a musical during spring. This year,...

Arnav Nair, eighth-grader on the Wolves team, also the TARC team captain, holds one of the TARC rockets while mewing in pride.
TARC team hopes to go to nationals next year
Anjay Kannan, Writer • May 8, 2024

Despite not qualifying for nationals on April 17 at Great Meadows park, the RCMS TARC team is preparing for next year with a plan in mind.  “TARC is a competition where students apply their knowledge of engineering...

Madelyn Lawrence, a seventh-grader on the Majestics team, practices running for the Panther Prowl.
RCMS students and staff prepare for Panther Prowl
Sienna Baltrym, Karina Haile, and Leighton Talley May 6, 2024

On May 18, RCMS plans to host and sponsor the 2023-24 school year Panther Prowl. Similar to previous years, this year's Panther Prowl will include a 5k run/walk, a raffle, and snacks for sale. To sign up, go to the...

Annie Wang, of the Discovery Team, reviews her course selections, for next year, on SIS (StudentVUE)
RCMS students finalize course selections for next year
Isha Katti and Deeptha Vijayasarathy May 6, 2024

After spending time making difficult decisions about next year's classes this winter, RCMS students are happy with the course selections they have made. Annie Wang, an eighth-grader on the Discovery Team, shared that she...

RCMS student, Radhika Deshpande, 12, of the Champions team, takes out a compost bin on April 25.
Going Green club initiate eco friendly projects, to help the earth
Zahra Haji, Writer • May 4, 2024

The Going Green club has been advocating and enforcing environmentally friendly actions at RCMS, with the goal of helping the earth and spreading awareness, so other people can get involved. Some of the projects done by...

Ayaan Dhala Considering his summer activity options.
Summer geometry around the corner
Aarav Patel and Ayaan Dhala May 4, 2024

Kids are talking about Summer Geometry, deciding whether or not to take it, as it is a course that lets you get ahead of your current math course. This course can only be taken by students currently taking Algebra 1. “I...

RCMS students come back refreshed after spring break
RCMS students come back refreshed after spring break
Liliana Stephens, Writer • April 29, 2024

RCMS students come back to school on April 3 refreshed but maybe not as productive as they may have thought during spring break due to pushing work back. “My spring break was nice this year,” said Eileen Kim, a seventh-grade...

Students pet therapy dog Max on March 20 during his visit to RCMS for Wellness Week.
Three therapy dogs visit RCMS for Wellness Week
Isha Katti, Writer • March 22, 2024

Not one but three therapy dogs visited Rachel Carson Middle School on March 20, bringing joy to the students and staff members of the school. RCMS students have enjoyed visits from Tucker for years, but this time he was...

RCMS-Stone basketball game postponed
Staff March 22, 2024

The basketball game between RCMS and Stone Middle School for Thursday, March 21, has been postponed. It was postponed due to an incident that occurred in the community on March 20. The game will be rescheduled, and...

TSA chapter competes at Regionals
TSA chapter competes at Regionals
Kate Russell March 15, 2024

The RCMS Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter competed at Regionals on March 2 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. It won a total of 10 awards in the top three places as well as competing in...

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