Alicia Zheng looking for potential locations of security camera placement. Photo credit: Hailey Deng
Security cameras to be installed at RCMS
Hailey Deng, Writer • June 6, 2022

Security cameras are scheduled to be installed by fall 2022 at Rachel Carson Middle School, and some students are happy about this advancement while others are wary. Following the plan, 50 interior cameras and 17 exterior...

A Dollar Store in Oakton, VA, selling items for $1.25 and more.
Behind the increase of Dollar Store prices
Brinda Patel June 6, 2022

“I was born in India, and one of the first stores I actually remember visiting was the Dollar Tree.,” said Anshika Bansal, an eighth-grader on the X-Treme team. “And with my five-year-old logic, you could get four gumballs...

Two students go at it one on one in a flag football battle during after school hours on Rachel Carson’s field. 
New rules for recess revealed
Aniruddh Birmani, Writer • June 6, 2022

The rules for how RCMS is going to implement recess into school starting next school year have been announced. Recess will be implemented into a specific period and will be 15 minutes long at a minimum. Due to a no phone...

Overall, I was very proud of the kids even if we didnt win Best Middle School this time through and I know that they will gain a lot of improvement from it, said Ms. Thrasher.
Carson team wins awards at TechMUN conference hosted by TJHSST
Riya Sri Nagella, Writer • June 5, 2022

RCMS’s Model United Nations delegates won several awards while participating in the annual TechMUN conference on May 13 at Thomas Jefferson High School. “I was looking forward to attending the conference for a long...

Photo by Mrs. Arculin
FACS: Food for Thought
Yana Baranwal, Writer • June 3, 2022

“I always tell my kids one day you will move out, will have a roommate and you will need to  learn how to do these things yourself,” said Mrs. Rachel Arculin, the RCMS FACS Teacher. FACS, or Family And Consumer Sciences,...

 Mrs. Jennifer Miley, the student services director at RCMS, is excited for the fun students will experience at the end of the year celebrations.
A year to celebrate
Rijuta Purankar and Rishitha Mantri June 3, 2022

After the first full in-person academic year since 2019, the school year is finally coming to an end. To conclude the year, Rachel Carson Middle School is hosting multiple end-of-the-year celebration activities to congratulate...

Daksh Dudipala (left) and Yash Date play a friendly game of chess outside the cafeteria while waiting for the next round to begin.
Ukraine Chess Charity seen as huge success
Nischal Annapareddy and Chandresh Duraisamy June 2, 2022

RCMS had a full parking lot on May 14, as an unusual amount of visitors for a Saturday crowded inside the building to wait for the tournament to begin; in the cafeteria, which was filled to the brim with enthusiastic students...

Visitors enjoying ‘Escape from Pompeii,’ a water ride in Busch Gardens, Williamsburg in August 2021. (Courtesy of Arya Takalkar)
Music students will attend the Busch Gardens trip for the first time in 2 years
Myra Goyal and Shriya Gubbi June 2, 2022

The music students of RCMS who have purchased tickets will be attending a full-day field trip at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg on June 3 after a two-year break due to COVID. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, is a 383-acre, European-themed...

Shloka Yada, a seventh-grader from the Champions team, is analyzing data for stock market shares.
Numerous students investing in the stock market
Chenxi Xu, Writer • June 2, 2022

Keen to make and save money, high school and college students partake in investing in the stock market, and even some RCMS students have already invested at such an early age. According to CNBC, 39% of teens in the U.S....

Chenxi Xu, an eight-grader on the Xtreme Team, said, “He (Elon Musk) has the ability to improve everything that he sets his mind to.” But she also adds that Elon Musk “might change the initial purpose of Twitter.”
Elon Musk: CEO of Twitter?
Shloka Yada, Writer • June 2, 2022

RCMS students and teachers are curious to see Twitter’s developments if Elon Musk becomes the new CEO. Mr. Musk tweeted on Twitter that he was placing the deal on hold on May 13, along with a message analyzing the number...

The Carson Chronicle’s history
The Carson Chronicle’s history
Fi Hoehne, Writer • June 2, 2022

RCMS Carson Chronicle contributors helped develop the newspaper into what it is today, from a club to an elective. At its beginning, the club was run by a sponsor and was hosted after school.  Mr. Kirk Treakle, head librarian,...

Brandon Lin, eighth-grader on the X-Treme Team, talks about his ideas to improve PE.
Physical education curriculum updated
Aryan Garg, Writer • June 1, 2022

RCMS gym teachers throughout the year have followed the Health and PE curriculums of FCPS after a new, revised set of requirements was put into place by the Virginia Department of Education in January. The PE curriculum...

Wellness week: The antidote for test anxiety
Wellness week: The antidote for test anxiety
Maisie McArter, Writer • June 1, 2022

Test anxiety is something that many students have or will experience in their lifetime. To help ease this stress, students participated in wellness week in April, which showcased many different skills and strategies to...

Harman Kumar, an eighth-grader on the Dolphins team, checks out a Tesla.
Students see the future in electric vehicles
Gurkirat Kumar, Writer • June 1, 2022

As electric vehicles become more common, many students at RCMS believe climate change will begin to improve. “Climate change is a major problem that will heavily affect the future generations, especially our generation,”...

Footlocker on permanent loan to RCMS
Footlocker on permanent loan to RCMS
Sahiti Tanuku, Writer • June 1, 2022

A footlocker containing artifacts from World War II -- on permanent loan to RCMS by the MacArthur Memorial -- was shown to the seventh-graders at the school this spring. "One day, during history class, we looked at items...

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