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Winning T-shirt design represents learning successfully online

Eighth-grader Annanya Bitra won RCMS’s 2020-2021 T-shirt design contest in October with a design that represents all students learning successfully online. Her art will be printed and distributed on T-shirts that are given to the whole school. “I was shocked to see my design on the RCMS Instagram page,” Annanya said. “I felt stunned at…

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RCMS will hold Veterans Day virtually on Nov. 11

Veterans Day at Rachel Carson will be held online this year on Wednesday, Nov. 11.   There will be guest speakers, presentations, and it will be totally virtual. Veterans from all over the country will speak to students through Google Meet. There will be many veterans from many different backgrounds. As of Oct. 17, 35 veterans…

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‘I’m hoping there will be an equal playing field’: The ongoing fight for equity

Ahmaud Arbery. Rayshard Brooks. Breonna Taylor. Jacob Blake. George Floyd. Thanks to a year rife with incidents of police brutality, these ordinary people became household names.  The outrage that followed their shootings and/or deaths has sparked conversations in the Carson community and the broader world not just about police brutality and implicit bias, but also…

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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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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 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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