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RCMS community grapples with plans for next year

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down many things worldwide, including sports leagues, offices, and arguably most importantly, schools. The final four months of the school year were cancelled. Now schools are trying to adapt to this pandemic next year. Making the switch from going to school to distance learning in over a…

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Students and staff find ways to keep busy in quarantine

Since RCMS students have been stuck at home due to the quarantine, it leaves them with tons of free time. Many students have resorted to Netflix, Tiktok, Roblox, or other online apps/shows to pass the time, but students and staff have also found ways to be creative and productive. Social media and books are some…

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Students and staff find ways to help environment during quarantine

Rachel Carson students and teachers are chipping in to help the environment from home, since we have to stay home due to the coronavirus.  “People have been doing a lot more things outside without the usage of cars,” said Devyn Sheehan, seventh-grade Majestic student at RCMS.  With all the free time people have been gardening…

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Coronavirus affects students’ mental health

A lot of Fairfax County students’ mental health have changed–some positively and some negatively–during the school closure that started on March 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak. “I would like RCMS students to know that we are here for them and we haven’t gone anywhere,” said Mrs. Jennifer Miley, the director of student services of…

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New FCPS policy excuses student civic engagement

Activities such as protesting and supporting campaigns can now be considered an excused absence for all FCPS students. Parents can request for their child to be excused for civic engagement purposes for part of a day once every school year, under a new policy policy that was adopted by the FCPS School Board on Jan. 21. “Having…

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Carson mission: End hunger

Students at Carson Middle donated to the food drive occurring during the last week of November to help their peers needing food over the holidays.     The food drive helped students and teachers to provide fellow students with necessities f0r the holidays and unexpected snow days.  “Many students’ only source of food is through the school,…

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Peer tutoring creates special friendships

“I feel like when you connect with a student, they will do anything for you,” said seventh-grade counselor Joanne Fraundorfer, who started the Peer Tutoring program. This is the first year of the program being up and running after it stopped a few years ago. The peer tutoring program at Carson allows seventh-graders to be…

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RCMS step team’s journey to the game

The bass of the music booms as you hear the stomps of the step team as they enter the gym for their performance. The claps and cheering of the crowd fills the gym as they see the team enter. The music comes to a sudden halt as do the steppers then their performance begins. “I’m…

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‘Grenade’: Inside the Book

One of the newest additions to Rachel Carson’s School Library, ‘Grenade’ has quickly become one of the most frequently checked out books amongst students and teachers alike. Written by Alan Gratz, author of “Refugee,” “Grenade” was released on Oct. 9, 2018. Fast paced and heart thumping, this historical fiction story would appeal to people who…

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Seventh-grade strings orchestra concert entertains community

The orchestra concert for seventh-grade was held Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the RCMS gym.  “This concert is to show the parents the improvement we’ve made from sixth grade to seventh grade,” said Mr. Eric Renne, strings teacher at RCMS. On the day of the show, all the strings students entered the gym, ready…

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RCMS Thanksgiving grows with students and teachers

Thinking of Thanksgiving, many imagine a big turkey dinner accompanied by plentiful servings of sides like mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce,  finished by a dessert of pumpkin pie.  The American holiday celebrates the story of the Pilgrims’ meal with the Native Americans and is a day to spend with loved ones and for…

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Chorus concert wins the audience’s heart

On Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. beautiful singers’ voices filled the whole Lecture hall as the crowd of people enjoyed the RCMS Winter Concert. Before the students entered the stage, they rehearsed as the lecture hall filled with 165 excited people. “I was really nervous at first but I got over it,” said Pragat Satish,…

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