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AVID students visit JMU. Some students visit the ABC 7 News station in Arlington. Staff pull off a victory over the students, 20-12! Twain's spring production. Students create paintings of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.


February Restaurant Nights

February 10th-11th at Paisano's at 6937A Telegraph Rd.  All day from 11 am to 10 pm.  Just mention Twain when you order.

Red, Hot, and Blue Rescheduled due to the Snow Storm:

It is now Feb 25-26. Red, Hot, and Blue offers Southern-style barbecue ribs, pulled pork, chicken, brisket, and catfish, in a casual atmosphere.  Join us this month for a meal (or meals!) out or without without the kids -- Red, Hot and Blue is hosting TWO full days for the Twain PTA – February 25-26.  Come any time -- all day -- dine in or take out!  Don't miss the good food, good company, and a chance to make some money for Twain PTA.  Just mention to your server that you're with the Twain PTA!

Edison High School Football

Are you interested in playing football at Edison? See this attachment to sign up for text reminders from Mr. Boyle, Edison's Head Football Coach and Assistant Director of Student Activities.

Upcoming Band Assessment

The MTMS Band program has many concerts coming up in the next few weeks.  Please come support all of the different bands at their upcoming performances:

Pre-Assessment Concert: Wednesday February 17th at 7pm

Band Assessment Event: Saturday March 12th

Twain Community Night

Twain Community Night will take place on March 17th.  Once again, we’ll be having a “Pick Your Prize” Raffle.  Please contact Linda Pinkney at, if you know of a business that might be willing to donate a service or other donation to be included in the raffle. 


Registration will open on Monday, February 1 for the following summer enrichment institutes, camps, and classes: Institute for the Arts (IFTA), Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), STEM Camp, Tech Adventure Camp, and Lake Braddock Secondary School Extended Day Adult and Community Education (ACE) enrichment classes.

Discounted tuition is available for IFTA, E-IFTA, STEM Camp, and Tech Adventure Camp through April 8. Transportation is included in the tuition for all four camps. Payment must be made with Visa or MasterCard at the time of online registration. Students should register for programs based on the grade they are in during the 2015-2016 school year.  

Please visit the Summer Learning Programs page for more information.

Service Academy Day


From Senator Mark Warner: "One of my most important responsibilities as Senator is nominating young men and women for admission to our country’s service academies - the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  Recognizing the importance of a good college education, I would like to emphasize the opportunities that exist at our nation’s distinguished service academies.

I will be holding a Virginia Academy Day on Saturday, April 23rd at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville.  High school and junior high school students, their parents and guidance counselors will be provided a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admissions process.  Students will be able to meet with officials from all five service academies as well as representatives from ROTC programs.  Representatives from Virginia Congressional offices will be available to answer questions regarding the application procedures for congressional nominations.

See attachment for more information.

Edison High School Course Offerings

Edison High School:   Edison High School counselors will be at Twain on Monday, February 8 to present an overview of course offerings to all 8th grade students through Health & PE classes. Counselors will return on Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12 to register individual students through Health & PE.  Students will be given course selection materials to take home and review on Thursday or Friday (based on which day the student has HPE). If Edison is not your child’s base high school, please see the information below for Hayfield SS and Lee HS.

Edison Academy:  Edison High School course selection process is just around the corner.  This would be a  wonderful opportunity for your middle school students and parents to learn about Edison’s exciting Academy programs and see current high school students in action, doing hands on work in their beautiful (and recently renovated) facilities.  Besides, it’s never too early for students to start planning their future career!  Edison Academy Open House will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Electives Brochure

Do you have a rising 7th grader or a transferring student coming to Twain next year?  Please take a moment to view our Electives video at and peruse the Electives Brochure to help your child prepare for choosing their classes.  The brochure includes contact information for the Electives teachers in case you have any questions.

Spring Production Information

Have you heard the news?  This April the MTMS Drama Department will present Seussical, The Musical as its Spring production! Performances are April 15th at 7:00, April 16th at 2:00 and 7:00, and April 17th at 2:00. 

Auditions are February 8th and 10th and are open to all Twain students.  Audition packets are no longer available and should have been picked up already.  Students planning to audition need to complete their VSM profile and conflicts before arriving to auditions on February 8th.  Auditioners also need to have a signed parent permission form when they arrive to auditions.  The script will be available to read here until February 11th (please note, the script will only be able to be read online and will not be printable.) 

Questions?  Email Ms. Lebowitz at


Twain is applying, in partnership with Edison High School, to become an IBMYP school.  Check out this brochure for more information on this exciting process!

Drama Updates

Follow the MTMS Drama Department!

Twitter: @TwainTheatre
Instagram: @TwainTheatre

New Practice App 

The Daily Practice for the New SAT mobile app is now available in the iTunes store, GooglePlay, and an Amazon for free.  With it, students will receive an official sample SAT question daily and get immediate feedback and answer explanations.  Students can also scan their completed SAT practice test answer sheets and get their scores in seconds.

Order Yearbooks for $30!

Get your yearbooks now, for $30! For more information, click here.

To order your yearbook, go to: Our school code is #8606,

Please turn in cash/check to Carolina Soto or Matt Kestyn.

SIS Parent Accounts

Letters with activation codes for SIS parent account activation will be mailed on August 17th for the Edison pyramid.
View the links below for information about parent account registration and navigation:
                SIS Parent Account Registration
                SIS Parent Account Navigation

For questions regarding SIS parent account, please contact Student Services during office hours.

Back-to-School forms

PTA Membership Form (PDF)

Emergency Care Form– Bring in with you a pre-printed emergency care form.  Please be sure that all information has been updated with the most current information on your student.  All students are required to turn in an updated, preprinted emergency care form at Tiger Fest. It is important that we ensure that all emergency information is correct and updated at the beginning of each school year.

Directions for Downloading your Emergency Care Form

SR&R Handbook

SR & R Parent/Guardian Signature Contract (PDF)
After-School Program Registration Form (PDF)

If you are having difficulty in accessing or downloading these forms, please contact the school or come by Mark Twain during office hours for assistance.

Pay for school meals online using My School Bucks!

2015-16 Supply List

2016-17 MTMS Course Guide

Beginning in September 2015, Mark Twain Middle School will begin at 7:30 a.m. and dismiss at 2:15 p.m.

After School Program Survey

Please take a moment to complete this short survey.



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Wellness Information

March 2016 Energy Zone Newsletter
Marzo 2016 'Zona de energía Newsletter' en español

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services

HR Wellness for blackboard

Lee District Rec Center

Turn Your Trash into Cash for MTMS!!!

Before you throw it in the trash, check to see if it can be used by MTMS.  MTMS participates in several programs that use bottle tops or parts of labels as proofs of purchase.  The programs in which MTMS currently participates are:

Box Tops for Education    btfelogoforword

Box Tops for Education – clip and save Box Tops coupons and drop them in the collection box in the front office.  MTMS receives 10¢ for every Box Tops coupon submitted.  Box Tops coupons come on a variety of items you have in your classroom – Kleenex, Ziploc bags, Hefty bags and plates, Avery binders and labels.  For a list of participating products, visit


clip_LFE-Logo     Campbell’s Labels for Education   upc_example

Submit the entire UPC (must have the whole UPC similar to the one directly above in order for it to count) from participating products in the collection box in the front office.  For a list of participating products, visit

My Coke Rewards   my coke rewards 2

My Coke Rewards - Open a My Coke Rewards account at, enter codes from bottle caps or flaps from can cartons from Coke products (Coke, Diet Coke, Fresca, Fanta, Minute Maid, Sprite, Mello Yello, Nestea, Segram’s, Mr. Pibb, etc.), and transfer points to MTMS through the SCHOOLS tab to help MTMS earn merchandise through this program, or drop off bottle tops and carton flaps in the front office.