Justice Newsletter - October 17

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,   

I hope you are doing well. On Saturday, we hosted our second day of senior pictures. Additional dates are scheduled. If you have not scheduled a time, please go online to prestigeportraits.com to select and confirm your appointment time. You will need your student unique code sent earlier in the year to students' addresses on file. You can also call the Lifetouch Customer Service team at 800-445-1189 to confirm an appointment.

For those who watched the Fairfax County School Board meeting last Thursday, I understand that you may have questions about when our students will return.  As information and plans solidify, we will host town hall sessions and send out communication to help guide our families.  Our staff is looking forward to welcoming our students back as safely and as quickly as current health conditions will allow.  

I have a few important reminders to share with you this week:

  • Den Time
    • In the upcoming week, you may hear your student talking about their Den Day assignment.  Last year, we implemented our Den Day program for the first time and feel very fortunate to continue this practice in a virtual setting.  Our Den Day time provides an opportunity for teachers to identify students who might benefit from additional support in order to master specific content or improve their overall performance within a class. 
    • Students involved in Den Days will attend every Wednesday and Friday following their 4th period Advisory class from 10:20 to 11:05 am.  Our staff is incredibly grateful to have this dedicated time to support and ensure the success of our students!
  • Important Dates:
    • October 29th is PSAT for juniors.  It is asynchronous for the rest of our school as many teachers and staff are needed to proctor.
    • October 30th is a 2-hour release.
    • November 2nd and November 3rd are student holidays.  

 

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Class of 2021 Parent Coffee #2 on 10/29/2020 at 7pm-8pm.

Please join the Student Services Department virtually on Thursday, October 29th, from 7pm - 8:00 pm for our 2nd Senior Parent Coffee. College Access Fairfax will present on Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Registration is required by submitting the Justice HS Class of 2021 Senior Parent Coffee google form by 7pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. (https://tinyurl.com/ParentCoffeeJHS)

Blackboard Collaborate details will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours before the event. Please contact Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu with questions.

 

Science Fair Information for Honors and IB I Science Courses

Students in an honors or IB I science course are required to complete an externally-moderated experimental or research piece. Students typically complete a science fair project that is presented at a school-wide science fair in January to fulfill this requirement. Judges at the school-wide fair recommend projects for meritorious promotion to the Regional Science Fair held in March, where students can win prizes and other honors. This year, the Science Department has determined that, to provide maximum flexibility and meet the course requirement, the school-wide science fair will be held during the fourth quarter, which precludes eligibility for the Regional Science Fair.

However, the Science Department will provide any student interested in qualifying for the Regional Science Fair with the opportunity. Students pursuing admittance to the Regional Science Fair will work with their science teacher to establish an appropriate timeline and project. To be considered for the Regional Science Fair, interested students must complete their project and submit it for adjudication by January 25, 2021. All projects must be suitable to be conducted at home following all FCPS safety guidelines under parental supervision, as there is no guarantee students will be able to access resources at school. Due to FCPS regulations, students will not be able to borrow items to complete their project. Please note that entrance to the Regional Science Fair is merit-based; therefore, completion of a project by January 25, 2021, does not guarantee admission.

Students will be asked to express their interest in the opportunity to earn entry to the Regional Science Fair to their teacher by Monday, October 26, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s science teacher or Sarah Wegener (sbwegener@fcps.edu), Justice High School’s Science Fair Coordinator.

Asynchronous Learning Day on Thursday, October 29th

Justice HS is hosting registered grade 11 students to participate in the PSAT exam on Thursday, October 29, 2020. We will be utilizing staff to facilitate the exam at Justice HS. October 29th will run asynchronously for all staff and students in all FCPS high schools. Students not participating in the PSAT are expected to log onto Google Classroom and complete the asynchronous work that is posted by their teachers for their Red Day classes (Periods 1, 3, 5, 7) during regular school hours (8:10 am – 2:55 pm). Attendance will be based on student engagement in their asynchronous work or participation in the PSAT exam. Grade 11 students who are participating in the PSAT exam are not expected to complete the asynchronous work for their classes that day.

In Person Tech Support at Justice

Students and families are encouraged to come to Justice HS, if there’s a tech issue that can’t be solved remotely.  In-person tech support is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-2:30pm.

Families can also call the tech hotline: 833-921-FCPS for additional support.

Important Information

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.
  • Parental consent for digital resources - These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.

Students Rights and Responsibilities - Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form. The form must be filled out per student.

IB opt-out form: Parents and students should use the form below to opt-out of IB exams for which the student is currently registered. Students planning to take all their IB exams in May of 2021 should NOT complete this form. The IB Exam Opt-out Form must be submitted by October 23, 2020. https://justicehs.fcps.edu/student-services/ib-exam-opt-out-form

 

Tag Day 2020: Virtual Edition

Like so many other things, Tag Day 2020 has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and appropriate health safety protocols. This year, rather than walking door-to-door, the Justice High School band, chorus and orchestra students are bringing our show directly to your inbox. Click here: https://bit.ly/JHSTagDay

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.

Your gift enables the JHS Music Department to fund additional instruments, equipment, special music, software, technical services, and tailored instruction, particularly important in our virtual learning world. Tag Day donations also support live concerts and competitions, as soon as we are allowed to participate. 

Please make a donation to KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE at Justice. Two ways to give: 

  • By mail: Send your check (made payable to: Justice High School Band Boosters, Inc.) to PO Box 1640, Falls Church, VA 22041.
  • Online: Visit our new webpage at: https://bit.ly/JHSTagDay. Include your email address to receive a receipt for your tax records. 

Now more than ever, our world needs the joy and optimism music engenders. As always, your donation supports ALL JHS Music Programs.

 

Won’t you please help us to KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE for our students?

Field and Track Use

The Justice High School track and fields are open to public use when they are not in use by school programs or by permitted community use groups. As we look to begin a return to school for some of our students, we also look to a return to use by physical education classes. We wanted to remind the community that the field and outdoor facilities are closed to the public during the regular school day (8am-3pm).

 

In addition, our athletic teams are continuing through a process of “Return to Play”. This includes offseason workouts that occur after school hours. Per, the policy above, the field and track are closed to public use during these times. Currently, our outdoor facilities are scheduled for SCHOOL USE from 3:30pm-7pm Monday – Thursday and from 3:30-5:30pm on Fridays. These times are subject to change. In an effort to ensure the safety and health of our student athletes and coaches, we ask that any public use occur outside of these times. Thank you!

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) - Justice High School Driver's Education

The state of Virginia requires students and their parents or legal guardian to attend ONE session of Partners for Safe Teen Driving in order to receive their Pink Card (DEC-8). The 90 minute session requires participants to be actively involved during the presentation. All session LINKS, additional information, & instructions will be posted on your teacher’s Google Classroom. All session will run from 6:30pm-8pm. Attendees must be logged into the entire session to receive credit. If you are a current 10th, 11th or 12th grade Justice HS student seeking to attend a PSTD session, please email Greg Weisbecker at gpweisbecker@fcps.edu for information.

Upcoming Dates – Oct. 21, Nov. 18

Justice Virtual Schedule Important Dates

October 30 - End of first quarter - 2 hour early release

November 2 & 3 - Student Holidays

November 11 - Veteran's Day - 2 hour early release

November 25-27 - Holiday (Thanksgiving)

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice!

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Attendance: 703.824.3920 | Web 

Justice Newsletter - October 11

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,   

A reminder that Monday, October 12th is a student holiday/teacher workday. Our staff will be working on the School Improvement and Innovation Plan as well as get some much needed planning and grading time. Classes and operations will resume on Tuesday, October 13th.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or any member of our admin team.     

New Back Gate Access Policy

Due to safety and security concerns, effective October 19th, Justice High School will begin locking the back gate located at the northwest corner of the building, from 11pm-6am on weekdays and all weekend. The fields and track will still be accessible during these times by using the front gate, located at the southeast corner of the building, next to our main gym.

Asynchronous Learning Day on Thursday, October 29th

Justice HS is hosting registered grade 11 students to participate in the PSAT exam on Thursday, October 29, 2020. We will be utilizing staff to facilitate the exam at Justice HS. October 29th will run asynchronously for all staff and students in all FCPS high schools. Students not participating in the PSAT are expected to log onto Google Classroom and complete the asynchronous work that is posted by their teachers for their Red Day classes (Periods 1, 3, 5, 7) during regular school hours (8:10 am – 2:55 pm). Attendance will be based on student engagement in their asynchronous work or participation in the PSAT exam. Grade 11 students who are participating in the PSAT exam are not expected to complete the asynchronous work for their classes that day.

In Person Tech Support at Justice

Students and families are encouraged to come to Justice HS, if there’s a tech issue that can’t be solved remotely.  In-person tech support is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-2:30pm.

Families can also call the tech hotline: 833-921-FCPS for additional support.

Important Information

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.
  • Parental consent for digital resources - These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.

Students Rights and Responsibilities - Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form. The form must be filled out per student.

IB opt-out form: Parents and students should use the form below to opt-out of IB exams for which the student is currently registered. Students planning to take all their IB exams in May of 2021 should NOT complete this form. The IB Exam Opt-out Form must be submitted by October 23, 2020. https://justicehs.fcps.edu/student-services/ib-exam-opt-out-form

 

A message from Mr. Villalobos, Our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

I hope you all are settling well into the new school year. While this year presents many challenges, it is also a year of great possibilities. Best of luck to all of you this school year.

WARNING - The Benadryl Challenge on TikTok;
I want to bring your attention to a dangerous trend that has appeared over the summer. Using the social media app TikTok, viewers are encouraged to participate in the “Benadryl Challenge”. This is when large doses of the antihistamine Benadryl are taken to induce hallucinations.  Experts say excessive doses of Benadryl can cause serious health issues, even causing death in some situations. Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Benadryl, has posted a warning about the challenge, and TikTok officials said they’ve been removing posts that publicize the challenge. For more information, the full Heath Line article can be viewed at:
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/benadryl-challenge-on-tiktok-is-dangerous-experts-say

Vaping is Down but Disposable Vapes are Soaring;
A recent article by the CDC reported a 7.9% decrease in current high school vape use from 2019 to 2020. This decrease equates to roughly 1 million high school students no longer being regular vape users. On the other hand, the flavor ban that aided in this decrease did not include disposable vapes. In the last year, use of these disposable vapes have increased from 2.4% to 26.5% among current high school vape users. While the overall decrease in vaping is great news and we are making progress, we all must continue to work together to curb youth vaping. The full CDC report can be viewed at: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6937e1.htm?s_cid=mm6937e1_w

Remember, substance abuse doesn’t stop for a pandemic. If you need support with your child, please feel free to reach out to me at bvillalobos@fcps.edu and we can discuss options that may be of help to you and your family.  Additionally, the Community Services Board (CSB) is still providing general mental health and substance abuse services. For more information, please click here.  

Mr. Villalobos
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Justice Pyramid

Tag Day 2020: Virtual Edition

Like so many other things, Tag Day 2020 has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and appropriate health safety protocols. This year, rather than walking door-to-door, the Justice High School band, chorus and orchestra students are bringing our show directly to your inbox. Click here: https://bit.ly/JHSTagDay

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.

Your gift enables the JHS Music Department to fund additional instruments, equipment, special music, software, technical services, and tailored instruction, particularly important in our virtual learning world. Tag Day donations also support live concerts and competitions, as soon as we are allowed to participate. 

Please make a donation to KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE at Justice. Two ways to give: 

  • By mail: Send your check (made payable to: Justice High School Band Boosters, Inc.) to PO Box 1640, Falls Church, VA 22041.
  • Online: Visit our new webpage at: https://bit.ly/JHSTagDay. Include your email address to receive a receipt for your tax records. 

Now more than ever, our world needs the joy and optimism music engenders. As always, your donation supports ALL JHS Music Programs.

 

Won’t you please help us to KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE for our students?

Looking for Activities Office Information? Sports, Clubs, Academic Teams

Social Media

Twitter - @justice_sports

Instagram - @justice_wolves

 

Website

https://www.justicehssports.com/

 

Google Classroom

Sports - Code: kmwdvf

Clubs - Code: 5afubf2

 

Activities YouTube Channel

The activities office has started a new YouTube Channel. Check out our weekly Updates! Subscribe Here 

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) - Justice High School Driver's Education

The state of Virginia requires students and their parents or legal guardian to attend ONE session of Partners for Safe Teen Driving in order to receive their Pink Card (DEC-8). The 90 minute session requires participants to be actively involved during the presentation. All session LINKS, additional information, & instructions will be posted on your teacher’s Google Classroom. All session will run from 6:30pm-8pm. Attendees must be logged into the entire session to receive credit. If you are a current 10th, 11th or 12th grade Justice HS student seeking to attend a PSTD session, please email Greg Weisbecker at gpweisbecker@fcps.edu for information.

Upcoming Dates – Oct. 21, Nov. 18

Alcanza College Fair

The George Mason University ¡Alcanza! College Fair is being held virtually this year on October 22, 2020. This event promotes higher education opportunities to Latinx high school students. Link to Flyer   Link to Spanish Flyer

Justice Virtual Schedule Important Dates

October 12 - Student Holiday (School Planning Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day) 

October 30 - End of first quarter - 2 hour early release

November 2 & 3 - Student Holidays

November 11 - Veteran's Day - 2 hour early release

November 25-27 - Holiday (Thanksgiving)

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice!

3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044 | Main Office: 703.824.3900
Attendance: 703.824.3920 | Web 

Justice Newsletter - October 4

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,   

I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful weekend.

In the coming weeks, small groups of students will be returning to school. While we are working hard to finalize our logistics to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we are also very excited to serve some of our students. Our first group of students that we will host in-person on Monday’s will be English Language Learners. Our Special Education CAT B program will be coming back full time Tuesdays thru Fridays.

In preparation for the return of students, the custodians are thoroughly cleaning every classroom and common area. We are also doing much needed maintenance throughout the facility and have ordered a few outdoor benches.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or any member of our admin team.     

Visual Arts Material Distribution – October 5th!

On October 5 between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm, we will be distributing a kit of art materials for students in all of our Visual Arts classes at Justice HS. If your student has any of the teachers listed below, they will have a kit to pick up on October 5th.

Mr. Agel

Ms. Augustine/Ms. Liu

Mr. Fitzgerald

Ms. Martin

Ms. Nast

Ms. Wallestad

 

These materials will be distributed from outside of Door 3 (to the far left of the main entrance) at the curb (see image below). Please stay in your car. Students (or parent/guardian) should hold up a piece of paper with the student’s complete name.  A staff member will then retrieve the student’s schedule and bring the materials out to the curb for their art class.  We ask that anyone coming to the school wear a mask.

Before coming to the school, please ask yourself the health questions above.  If you answer “yes” to any of the questions we will accommodate another way to get your materials. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Amy Nast (amnast@gmail.com).

 

Asynchronous Learning Day on Thursday, October 29th

Justice HS is hosting registered grade 11 students to participate in the PSAT exam on Thursday, October 29, 2020. We will be utilizing staff to facilitate the exam at Justice HS. October 29th will run asynchronously for all staff and students in all FCPS high schools. Students not participating in the PSAT are expected to log onto Google Classroom and complete the asynchronous work that is posted by their teachers for their Red Day classes (Periods 1, 3, 5, 7) during regular school hours (8:10 am – 2:55 pm). Attendance will be based on student engagement in their asynchronous work or participation in the PSAT exam. Grade 11 students who are participating in the PSAT exam are not expected to complete the asynchronous work for their classes that day.

In Person Tech Support at Justice

Students and families are encouraged to come to Justice HS, if there’s a tech issue that can’t be solved remotely.  In-person tech support is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-2:30pm.

Families can also call the tech hotline: 833-921-FCPS for additional support.

Important Information

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.
  • Parental consent for digital resources - These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.

Students Rights and Responsibilities - Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form. The form must be filled out per student.

 

IB Exams and Fees Covered by FCPS (up to 6 exams) - The May 2021 IB Exams will match the traditional published exam descriptions. The fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. Beyond the first 6, FCPS will bill you $119 for an IB test or $95 for an AP test.

 

AP Exam Opt-In - If your student wishes to take one or more AP exam as a non-enrolled student (not enrolled in corresponding AP course), they will need to register via their @fcpsschools.net email account on the AP EXAM OPT-IN SY 20-21 form and pay $95 per exam before the test is ordered. 

 

Student Weekly Progress Reports - Due to the delayed school opening and virtual start, weekly progress reports to parents are now set to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  Please note this is a change from the original start date of September 21, 2020.

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email. This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter. To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. 

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”  Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.

 

Rolling Gradebook: Given the uncertainty of schedules and virtual learning for all students during the 2020-21 school year, our school has decided teachers will use a rolling (cumulative) gradebook. A rolling gradebook allows for progress towards a final mark that captures the total picture of student grades, regardless of length of quarter or number of assignments in each quarter. Acknowledging that the coming school year begins on a later start date and will have both synchronous and asynchronous learning, it is important to utilize a gradebook type that provides maximum flexibility and ensures equitable grading practices to meet the academic and social- emotional needs of all students. 

A rolling gradebook is an approved gradebook type per Secondary Grading & Reporting Policy and numerous FCPS schools/teams/teachers already utilize a rolling gradebook. 

To learn more details about a rolling gradebook to include how it will look in SIS Student/ParentVUE, please take time to review the following video. Teachers will communicate grading design and policies via the course syllabus. Students/parents are encouraged to reach out directly to the teacher with additional questions.

Attendance Procedures

If your student is unable to attend the live synchronous classes (your child is sick, has a doctor’s appointment, or is experiencing connectivity issues), please call our Attendance Line at 703-824-3920 (Spanish line is 703-824-8970).  You may also email us at Justicehigh.attendance@fcps.edu .  If you have a general question, you may also contact the main office at 703-824-3900.

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule. Scheduled stops start as early at 6:30 AM.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) - Justice High School Driver's Education

The state of Virginia requires students and their parents or legal guardian to attend ONE  session of Partners for Safe Teen Driving in order to receive their Pink Card (DEC-8). The 90 minute session requires participants to be actively involved during the presentation. All session LINKS, additional information, & instructions will be posted on your teacher’s Google Classroom. All session will run from 6:30pm-8pm. Attendees must be logged into the entire session to receive credit. If you are a current 10th, 11th or 12th grade Justice HS student seeking to attend a PSTD session, please email Greg Weisbecker at pweisbecker@fcps.edu for information.

 

Upcoming Dates – Oct. 21, Nov. 18

News from the PTSA Justice Virtual Schedule Important Dates

October 12 - Student Holiday (School Planning Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day) 

October 30 - End of first quarter - 2 hour early release

November 2 & 3 - Student Holidays

November 11 - Veteran's Day - 2 hour early release

November 25-27 - Holiday (Thanksgiving)

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice!

3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044 | Main Office: 703.824.3900
Attendance: 703.824.3920 | Web 

Justice Newsletter - September 27, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,      

       We had a very successful SAT School Day on Wednesday!  Thanks to all the teachers and staff who came out to support the day and our students.  The  PSAT Day for juniors is scheduled for October 29th.  See below for more information.

        We also had a great BTSN. If you missed it, please reach out to your child’s teachers. They will be happy to send you any information.

       As always, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our admin team if you have any questions.

Material Distribution Monday, 9/28 - 2-5pm

We will have another opportunity for students to pick up class materials on Monday from 2-5pm.

Please drive up near the main gym doors, hold up a sign with your child’s name on it, and we will retrieve any items needed for classes and bring it to your car.  Walk-ups are also welcome.  Everyone must wear a mask. Prior to coming, please answer the following health questions below.  If you answer “yes” to any questions, do not come to the school.  We will schedule another time for you to come. 

Health questions:

  1. Do you have a cough and/or sore throat?  (YES/NO)
  2. Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (3 days)?  (YES/NO)
  3. Do you have any shortness of breath or is it hard for you to breathe?  (YES/NO)
  4. Is anyone in your home ill with a fever or a cough?  (YES/NO)
  5. Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days (2 weeks)? (YES/NO)
Visual Arts Material Distribution – October 5th!

On October 5 between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm, we will be distributing a kit of art materials for students in all of our Visual Arts classes at Justice HS. If your student has any of the teachers listed below, they will have a kit to pick up on October 5th.

Mr. Agel

Ms. Augustine/Ms. Liu

Mr. Fitzgerald

Ms. Martin

Ms. Nast

Ms. Wallestad

 

These materials will be distributed from outside of Door 3 (to the far left of the main entrance) at the curb (see image below). Please stay in your car. Students (or parent/guardian) should hold up a piece of paper with the student’s complete name.  A staff member will then retrieve the student’s schedule and bring the materials out to the curb for their art class.  We ask that anyone coming to the school wear a mask.

Before coming to the school, please ask yourself the health questions above.  If you answer “yes” to any of the questions we will accommodate another way to get your materials. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Amy Nast (amnast@gmail.com).

 

Student Rights and Responsiblities Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources.

 

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form. The form must be filled out per student

Testing Information PSAT for 11th Grade Students – October 29, 2020

 

On Thursday, October 29, Justice High School eleventh graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT. FCPS will cover the cost for any eleventh grade student to take this test. To help the school prepare for testing, families are asked to complete the form below by Friday, October 9. This form asks about participation in the test, the need or bus transportation, and interest in free breakfast or lunch on the day of the test. Students will only be able to access this form using their @fcpsschools.net accounts.

 

Justice High School: PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate Form  (https://forms.gle/Fvs6nJitqmGFuvyk8)

 

A translated version of the form content may be found on the PSAT/NMSQT Intent webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42099). Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

 

General information about the PSAT/NMSQT test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10). Thursday, October 29 has been designated for asynchronous learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

 

We will share more details about test day schedules and bus transportation in the coming weeks. FCPS health and safety protocols for PSAT/NMSQT administration are available online (https://www.fcps.edu/node/41891). 

 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at Justice High School, please contact Shelley Terry at sdterry@fcps.edu or 703-824-3998. 

AP/IB Exams and Fees

The May 2021 AP/IB Exams will match the traditional published exam descriptions.  The fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS.  Beyond the first 6, FCPS will bill you $119 for an IB test or $95 for an AP test.

AP Exam Opt-In

If your student wishes to take one or more AP exam as a non-enrolled student (not enrolled in corresponding AP course), they will need to register via their @fcpsschools.net email account on the AP EXAM OPT-IN SY 20-21 form and pay $95 per exam before the test is ordered.  Also, upon payment, your student will receive an AP join code that will give him/her access to the corresponding AP course instructional materials and study aids. The Google Form must be filled out and payment must be received by October 23 with cash or check payable to Justice High School. Payment can also be made on your student’s MySchoolBucks account. Checks can be mailed to:

Justice High School

Attn: Shelley Terry

3301 Peace Valley Lane

Falls Church, VA 22044

 

If you have questions or concerns regarding IB test, please contact Ms. Kresse Rodriguez at jakresserodr@fcps.edu. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the AP Coordinator, Shelley Terry at sdterry@fcps.edu or 703-824-3998. 

Want your picture in the yearbook?

This school year is going to be different. We all know this.

We want to preserve as much as we can for our students and that includes the yearbook. This will be a keepsake to be enjoyed for years to come.

We need you!

Please send us pictures of your students and their friends! We will be asking for pictures representing a different topic, from pets to pajamas and everything in between.

Here’s how:

  1. Email your stories and pictures to justicehighyearbook@gmail.com
  2.  Upload the pictures yourself! On a browser: visit www.HJeShare.com and enter school code #4118.  
    1. Enter your information, browse and select images from your computer, enter a description, and upload!
    2. On your phone: download the HJeSHARE app from your app store. Enter the school code #4118. Fill in your information to create an account. Upload photos directly from your phone!
  3. Purchase and create a Senior Ad! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118. Click “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process. You will be asked to find your student from the school list or you can add your student’s information yourself. You will then be able to choose the ad design, upload your images and type your message. Once you have finished, you will have the opportunity to proof your ad before you pay and submit the ad for production.
Parent Question Corner

There were no questions submitted this week.  Please continue to submit general questions. We will share answers in our upcoming News You Choose Newsletter. You can find the Google Form here. If you have student specific questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our administrators. We are happy to help

Lost and Found Items

If your student has any items from the 2019-20 school year that may be in our Lost and Found, please email Michelle Campiglia at mrcampiglia@fcps.edu by Friday, October 9. Any unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity organization.

Teacher Absences

Per FCPS, subs will not be provided for 3 days or fewer of a teacher’s absence. If your child’s teacher will be out for 3 days or fewer, you can expect the teacher to post a message in Google Classroom and provide asynchronous work. If a teacher will be out for 4 or more days, FCPS will then provide a sub and synchronous classes resume on the 4th day. Thank you for your patience as we improve our systems in this new learning environment. 

Attendance Procedures

If your student is unable to attend the live synchronous classes (your child is sick, has a doctor’s appointment, or is experiencing connectivity issues), please call our Attendance Line at 703-824-3920 (Spanish line is 703-824-8970).  You may also email us at Justicehigh.attendance@fcps.edu .  If you have a general question, you may also contact the main office at 703-824-3900.

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule. Scheduled stops start as early at 6:30 AM.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) - Justice High School Driver's Education

The state of Virginia requires students and their parents or legal guardian to attend ONE  session of Partners for Safe Teen Driving in order to receive their Pink Card (DEC-8). The 90 minute session requires participants to be actively involved during the presentation. All session LINKS, additional information, & instructions will be posted on your teacher’s Google Classroom. All session will run from 6:30pm-8pm. Attendees must be logged into the entire session to receive credit. If you are a current 10th, 11th or 12th grade Justice HS student seeking to attend a PSTD session, please email Greg Weisbecker at pweisbecker@fcps.edu for information.

 

Upcoming Dates – Oct. 21, Nov. 18

Looking for Activities Office Information? Sports, Clubs, Academic Teams

Social Media

Twitter - @justice_sports

Instagram - @justice_wolves

 

Website: https://www.justicehssports.com/

 

Google Classroom

Sports - Code: kmwdvf

Clubs - Code: 5afubf2

 

Activities YouTube Channel

The activities office has started a new YouTube Channel. Check out our weekly Updates! Subscribe Here

Justice Virtual Schedule Important Dates

October 12 - Student Holiday (School Planning Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day) 

October 30 - End of first quarter - 2 hour early release

November 2 & 3 - Student Holidays

November 11 - Veteran's Day - 2 hour early release

November 25-27 - Holiday (Thanksgiving)

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

       Another great week of learning at Justice. Our teachers are working overtime to ensure that students are engaged in course content. On Tuesday we will hold our annual Back to School Night. It will look a little different but faculty and staff are excited to welcome families into our virtual classrooms. By now, you should have received an email invitation with class links. Please see below for detailed information.

       Wednesday, we will be welcoming many of our seniors for SATs.  It has been a long time since we have seen that many students in our building, and we have a plan in place that requires a health screening and social distancing. 

       As a reminder, we are asking parents to complete the Digital Resources Consent Form.  Please find more information and the link below.  It is very important that we have this form completed as soon as possible.

       As always, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our admin team if you have any questions.

Justice Virtual Back to School Night Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

All parents and guardians are invited to attend our virtual Back to School Night (BTSN) on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This year, the event will be held via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU). 

Student Schedules with Class Links - Enrolling parents/guardians and students will receive an emailed copy of their BTSN schedule from Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal. The email will contain individual links for each of your student’s classes, which will allow you to access each teacher’s class at the scheduled time; see schedule below. In order to maintain the security of these classes, please do not share these links with anyone else. They are different from your student’s normal classroom links and will become active on Back to School Night.

BTSN Google Site - Prior to the start of the session, we encourage parents/guardians to view our pre-BTSN activities at our BTSN Google Site.

Classroom Visits on BTSN – Please use Google Chrome to access BBCU sessions. When entering rooms on BTSN, please use your full name to join the session. If needed, students are welcome to attend with their parents/guardians to serve as interpreters. If you are unable to attend, we plan to share the recordings so that you can access sessions after BTSN. 

BTSN Schedule

Period 1

6:00 - 6:10 p.m.

Period 2

6:15 - 6:25 p.m.

Period 3

6:30 - 6:40 p.m.

Period 4

6:45 - 6:55 p.m.

Period 5

7:00 - 7:10 p.m.

Period 6

7:15 - 7:25 p.m.

Period 7

7:30 - 7:40 p.m.

Period 8

7:45 - 7:55 p.m.

*Mr. Dahl’s Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class will meet from 8:00 – 8:10.

Schedule note: Parents/guardians with students in Academy (or with travel periods) or Online Campus will not access a class during that period. 

General Questions - If you have any general questions about BTSN, please email Michelle Campiglia, Assistant Principal, at mrcampiglia@fcps.edu. 

Student Schedules - If you do not receive your student’s schedule by Monday, September 21, please email Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal, at kmvandawalker@fcps.edu.

Student Rights and Responsiblities Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources.

 

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form. The form must be filled out per student

Senior Portraits

This year certainly looks different than those in the past. Similarly, senior portraits will look a bit different. This year we will not be assigning an appointment time to each senior. Due to safety concerns and the need to limit the number of students photographed each day, seniors will be required to go online to prestigeportraits.com to select and confirm their appointment times. You can also call the Lifetouch Customer Service team at 800-445-1189 to confirm an appointment.

Seniors will receive appointment cards in the mail to the address on file. The appointment cards will have a code unique to each student.  The cards direct students to go online to confirm their appointment using that code. We will not be accepting any walk-ups this year so everyone must confirm online.

Unfortunately, the no-charge yearbook sitting is not listed as an option in the online system. However, students wanting the no-charge yearbook sitting can select the Basic sitting level online and will not need to pay the sitting fee.  The system will hold their appointment and they can simply advise the team when they arrive for their session that they want the no-charge sitting.

The senior portrait days are as follows:

Saturday, October 10thfrom 8:30am – 4:00pm

Saturday, October 17th from 8:30am – 4:00pm

Saturday, November 7th from 8:30 – 4:00pm

Monday, November 9th from 8:30 – 4:00 pm

November 10th- 13th (Tues-Friday) from 3:00pm – 9:00 pm

*If students are unable to be photographed during these dates & times, they can call Lifetouch Customer Service at 800-445-1189 and schedule a private sitting at their VA studio located in Annandale.


Click here for the pamphlet link. and additional options.

Want your picture in the yearbook?

This school year is going to be different. We all know this.

We want to preserve as much as we can for our students and that includes the yearbook. This will be a keepsake to be enjoyed for years to come.

We need you!

Please send us pictures of your students and their friends! We will be asking for pictures representing a different topic, from pets to pajamas and everything in between.

Here’s how:

  1. Email your stories and pictures to justicehighyearbook@gmail.com
  2.  Upload the pictures yourself! On a browser: visit www.HJeShare.com and enter school code #4118.  
    1. Enter your information, browse and select images from your computer, enter a description, and upload!
    2. On your phone: download the HJeSHARE app from your app store. Enter the school code #4118. Fill in your information to create an account. Upload photos directly from your phone!
  3. Purchase and create a Senior Ad! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118. Click “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process. You will be asked to find your student from the school list or you can add your student’s information yourself. You will then be able to choose the ad design, upload your images and type your message. Once you have finished, you will have the opportunity to proof your ad before you pay and submit the ad for production.
Parent Question Corner

 Last week's families submitted the following questions. Thank you for your questions.

  1. How is Driver Ed. being handled? I have a student in grade 10. Answer: Each tenth grade PE teacher will be teaching a “quarter” of Driver Ed, either in the 2nd or 3rd quarter. Although, the driver quarter will last longer then a traditional quarter due the state requirement for synchronous time in class. Please reach out your child’s teacher for specifics. We are hosting PSTD nights monthly. First one is Wednesday, September 23rd. 

Please continue to submit general questions. We will share answers in our upcoming News You Choose Newsletter. You can find the Google Form here. If you have student specific questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our administrators. We are happy to help

Consent for Digital Resources

At Justice High School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://justicehs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

Thank you for your attention to this important component of distance learning and support of our teachers!

Using personal computers instead of school laptops

Justice families, if your child is using a personal device and opting out of using a Justice HS issued laptop, please complete the form below to notify us. Please note that personal computers may not be fixed or maintained by Justice tech staff nor can we guarantee that all class programs or applications will be operable on personal devices. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OtX_ffVoQY2BhITiByEcQT_5XlnA6PlWmi2G5BEL3pA/edit

If you have any questions regarding laptop opt out please contact Jason Kagarise at 703-824-3905 or jmkagarise@fcps.edu. 

Save the Date – Visual Arts Materials Pick up

Students in all of our Visual Arts classes will have a kit of materials to pick up from Justice HS on Monday, October 5th any time between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm. If your student has any of the teachers listed below, they will have a kit to pick up. More details to come! Please reach out to your student’s Art teacher with any questions.

Mr. Agel

Ms. Augustine/Ms. Liu

Mr. Fitzgerald

Ms. Martin

Ms. Nast

Ms. Wallestad

Attendance Procedures

If your student is unable to attend the live synchronous classes (your child is sick, has a doctor’s appointment, or is experiencing connectivity issues), please call our Attendance Line at 703-824-3920 (Spanish line is 703-824-8970).  You may also email us at Justicehigh.attendance@fcps.edu .  If you have a general question, you may also contact the main office at 703-824-3900.

Senior Parent College Planning Night

We held our Senior Parent College Planning Night on 9/17/2020. You can access the recording here: Senior Parent College Planning Night.  

To access this video in closed caption in another language please do the following.

  • Click on video→ once video is up, click on CC at the bottom right hand side
  • Click on settings→ click on subtitles→ auto translate-->click on your language 

*It will only translate the English part of the presentation.  It will not translate the Spanish translation going on after the English translation*

The FAQ collected during the program will be sent through Naviance email.  Please contact Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist at agrande@fcps.edu for more information.

Counselor Post-Secondary Break Out Sessions

The Student Services office invites students in the Class of 2021 to attend Senior Break Out Sessions.

  • Dates: 9/21/2020 and 9/28/2020
  • Times: 10 AM and 2 PM
  • Links: Log in through https://fcps.blackboard.com/ and look for Class of 2021.
  • On the left hand side, click on “Counselor Breakout Sessions” to enter the session.
  • The session opens up to 15 minutes prior to start time.
  • Topics Include: Essay Support, Senior Packet Assistance, College Entrance Information, All About Transcripts, College Application Deadlines and Still Deciding.
Class of 2021 Parent Coffee on 9/25/2020 at 8:30am-9:30am.

Please join the Student Services Department virtually on Friday, September 25th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. for our 1st Senior Parent Coffee.  We will go more in depth on hot topics during the parent coffee and families will have another chance to get their questions answered. 

Registration is required by submitting the Justice HS Class of 2021 Senior Parent Coffee RSVP form  by 3pm on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.  Blackboard Collaborate details will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours before the event.  Please contact Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu with questions.

Senior Transcripts/Letters of Recommendation

Students must turn in their transcript requests to the Student Services office 30 days in advance of the college deadline. Students who are applying to colleges with an October 15th deadline need to submit their requests to the transcript assistant in Student Services promptly. Students who are applying to colleges with a November 1st deadline need to submit their requests by October 1st. These reminders are sent in an effort to avoid unnecessary stress. Requests forms are available on the counselor’s Google Classroom and by clicking here: JHS Transcript Request Form. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you have any questions.

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule. Scheduled stops start as early at 6:30 AM.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) - Justice High School Driver's Education

The state of Virginia requires students and their parents or legal guardian to attend ONE  session of Partners for Safe Teen Driving in order to receive their Pink Card (DEC-8). The 90 minute session requires participants to be actively involved during the presentation. All session LINKS, additional information, & instructions will be posted on your teacher’s Google Classroom. All session will run from 6:30pm-8pm. Attendees must be logged into the entire session to receive credit. If you are a current 10th, 11th or 12th grade Justice HS student seeking to attend a PSTD session, please email Greg Weisbecker at pweisbecker@fcps.edu for information.

 

Upcoming Dates – Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18

Family Life Education

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

 

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

SAT Day: September 23

Justice HS is hosting registered grade 12 students to participate in the SAT School Day exam on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. This day will run asynchronously for all staff and students in high school. Students not participating in the SAT School Day are expected to log onto Google Classroom and complete the asynchronous work that is posted by their teachers for their Blue Day classes during regular school hours (8:10 am – 2:55 pm). Attendance will be based on student engagement in their asynchronous work or participation in the SAT School Day exam. Grade 12 students who are participating in the SAT School Day exam are not expected to complete the asynchronous work for their classes that day.

Justice Virtual Schedule Important Dates

September 22 - Back to School Night - 6PM (5:30PM pre-recorded messages)

September 23 - SAT for Seniors (All students will work Asynchronously)

September 25 - Senior Parent Coffee (8:30 AM)

October 12 - Student Holiday (School Planning Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day) 

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Justice Newsletter - September 13, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

     It has been an amazing start to the school year!  We also had great attendance all week -- let’s keep it going! To our families, thank you again for your partnership.  The first two weeks of school are laying the foundations for expectations, building relationships, assessing student academic needs, and reviewing content.  

      As a reminder, Mondays students should sign into their 4th period advisory class from 9:00 - 9:30 AM. This will be a time to build community. The rest of the day students may work on their assigned asynchronous work. 

     This Tuesday, we kickoff Hispanic Heritage month. Shout out to our Latinx/Hispanic students, families and staff.

     We have some wonderful news to share. Christy Hanlon has accepted the position of Director of Student Services at Justice. Ms. Hanlon has most recently been the CTE Education Specialist for Industry Credentials, having been previously a school counselor (Marshall HS, Jackson MS, Justice HS) and an English teacher (NYC). She has a Masters of Education in School Counseling K-12 from The College of William & Mary, a Masters of Arts in Educational Theatre from New York University, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre: Stage Management and English Literature. She also completed her Administration & Supervision endorsement from the University of Virginia. Ms. Hanlon grew up in FCPS. She attended Parklawn ES, Glasgow MS, and Justice HS. Please join me in welcoming her back to the Justice family.

       As always, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our admin team if you have any questions.

Back to School Night

Justice High School’s Back to School Night will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 22. Beginning at 5:30, parents/guardians are invited to view welcome videos from our staff and learn about available resources on our Google Site. The main program will occur from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will allow you the opportunity to meet each of your student’s teachers. More information about the event will be sent out via email next week, including how to access your student’s classes and other online resources. If you have any questions, please email Michelle Campiglia, Assistant Principal, at mrcampiglia@fcps.edu.

Senior Portraits

This year certainly looks different than those in the past. Similarly, senior portraits will look a bit different. Please read the information provided in the pamphlet to schedule your senior portrait sitting and to review portrait attire. Direct any questions to the Yearbook Advisor, Dani Pierce at dpierce@fcps.edu

Click here for the pamphlet link.

Parent Question Corner

     No questions were submitted this week. Please continue to submit general questions. We will share answers in our upcoming News You Choose Newsletter. You can find the Google Form here. If you have student specific questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our administrators. We are happy to help

Early Bird Forms

We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.
  • Parental consent for digital resources.These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.

More information will be sent later for other forms such as parental signatures needed for the Students Rights and Responsibilities Form, Medical Needs, and Residency Verification.

Class Material Distribution:

During the week of September 14th, we will be distributing required materials for classes.  Each grade level has a designated day and time:

These materials will be distributed from outside of the main gym doors at the curb.  Please stay in your car.  Students (or parent/guardian) should hold up a piece of paper with the student’s complete name.  A staff member will then retrieve the student’s schedule and bring the materials out to the curb.  We ask that anyone coming to the school wear a mask.

*Please note: not all classes have items to be picked up.  Teachers will let students know if their course has something to be picked up during the first week of school.

Before coming to the school, please ask yourself the health questions below.  If you answer “yes” to any of the questions we will accommodate another way to get your materials. 

  1. Do you have a cough and/or sore throat?  (YES/NO)
  2. Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (3 days)?  (YES/NO)
  3. Do you have any shortness of breath or is it hard for you to breathe?  (YES/NO)
  4. Is anyone in your home ill with a fever or a cough?  (YES/NO)
  5. Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days (2 weeks)? (YES/NO)

If you have textbooks or materials from the 2019-2020 school year, you should plan to return them during these evenings. Staff will take the books and materials from you at the curb.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Colleen Lally @ clally@fcps.edu

Senior Unit - Monday, September 14th , 2020 at 9:45am

On Monday, September 14th , 2020 at 9:45am, the Student Services department will provide a presentation to seniors on post-secondary options.  Students will find the active link in BB 24/7 Class of 2021 page under Senior Unit Session Link. (Link will be on the left hand side)

Seniors will learn about the various post-secondary options:

  • 4 Year University/College
  • Community College 
  • Apprenticeship/Training Programs
  • Military
  • Gap Year
  • Students will have an opportunity to meet with their counselor to review the following but not limited to: 
  • Senior packet- The senior packet is due on 9/11/20 and can be found on the student’s school counselor’s Google Classroom page.
  • Diploma type & Transcript
  • Senior contract
  • Sign up for an individual meeting with their counselor, and answer any questions they may have about their senior year.

Instructions on how to access the Senior Unit will be posted in the student’s school counselor’s Google classroom.  

For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu. 

College Planning Night for the Class of 2021

College Planning Night for the Class of 2021 will be held virtually on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Parents and students are invited to hear about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their children in the college application process. Registration is required by submitting the Justice HS College Planning Night RSVP form by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Blackboard Collaborate details will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours before the event. There is a limit of 500 attendees through Blackboard Collaborate and attendees will be registered on a first come, first served basis. We ask that only one attendee per household registers for this event. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend the live virtual session. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

Virtual College Visits will begin the week of 9/18/2020

This year, Justice HS in partnership with Annandale and Falls Church High School will be hosting college and career visits virtually. Upcoming visits will be advertised in Naviance Student under “College Visits”. We are excited about the great potential hosting virtual college and career visits can have on both the number of students and college and career presenters who may be able to participate!

 

Our school will be a co-participant in these sessions and in most cases, we will be participating in the college or career presenter’s virtual platform that they have configured. While we will make recommendations to the presenters to enhance the security of the session, FCPS is not responsible for any technical issues with the college or career presenter’s virtual meeting platform and the college or career presenter is ultimately responsible for the content of their virtual session. In the event there are any inappropriate exchanges in these sessions not under the college or career presenter’s control, the FCPS staff member in attendance will monitor the session and may recommend participants disconnect.  

 

These college and career visits/presentations are optional for students to participate in and any student or family who has concerns about participating in these virtual sessions should contact me so that I can help connect you with the college directly. Our school will not be providing any student data to the college or career presenter through the session and students are discouraged from doing so. These sessions will not be recorded, and no participants are permitted to record them.

 

College Visit Date/Time Information, and Registration Information 

  • College visits will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, starting at 3:00 pm and after. 
  • The college visit schedule is now available on Naviance Student. Visits are posted and will continue to be updated. 
  • To access the college visit schedule, please log-in to Naviance student.
    • Once in Naviance student click on colleges → scroll down and see college visits--> click on show more. 
    • Click here to log into Naviance Student. 
    • Once registered for the virtual college visit, Naviance will notify the student the link for the virtual visit will be sent to them on the day of the visit.  
    • Registration is mandatory.  
      • Due to security configurations, we will not be able to accommodate “drop-in” students. 

Guardians/Parents, you will have access to view but not to register your child. The student must register for the college visit in their Naviance student account.  

If you have any questions regarding Naviance Student or virtual college visits, please email Alicia Grande- College & Career Specialist, Agrande@fcps.edu.

Class of 2021 Parent Coffee on 9/25/2020 at 8:30am-9:30am.

Please join the Student Services Department virtually on Friday, September 25th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. for our 1st Senior Parent Coffee.  We will go more in depth on hot topics during the parent coffee and families will have another chance to get their questions answered. 

Registration is required by submitting the Justice HS Class of 2021 Senior Parent Coffee RSVP form  by 3pm on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.  Blackboard Collaborate details will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours before the event.  Please contact Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu with questions.

Senior Transcripts/Letters of Recommendation

Students must turn in their transcript requests to the Student Services office 30 days in advance of the college deadline. Students who are applying to colleges with an October 15th deadline need to submit their requests to the transcript assistant in Student Services promptly. Students who are applying to colleges with a November 1st deadline need to submit their requests by October 1st. These reminders are sent in an effort to avoid unnecessary stress. Requests forms are available on the counselor’s Google Classroom and by clicking here: JHS Transcript Request Form. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you have any questions.

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule. Scheduled stops start as early at 6:30 AM.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PTSD) - Justice High School Driver's Education

The state of Virginia requires students and their parents or legal guardian to attend ONE session of Partners for Safe Teen Driving in order to receive their Pink Card (DEC-8). The 90 minute session requires participants to be actively involved during the presentation. All session LINKS, additional information, & instructions will be posted on your teacher’s Google Classroom. All session will run from 6:30pm-8pm. Attendees must be logged into the entire session to receive credit. If you are a current 10th, 11th or 12th grade Justice HS student seeking to attend a PTSD session, please email Greg Weisbecker at gpweisbecker@fcps.edu for information.

 

Upcoming Dates – Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18

School Counselors, Psychologists, and Social Workers Are Ready and Willing to Help

As you and your family begin the school year, school counselors, psychologists, and social workers are here and ready to support you. These professionals work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether through virtual classroom lessons, groups, individual counseling, or connection with community resources to provide support in the areas of social-emotional learning, academics, and college and career planning. College and career planning is also supported by the college and career specialists in each FCPS high school.

Contact information for your child's school counselor, social worker, psychologist, and college and career specialist are available on our website under Student Services, found by clicking on the Full Menu button on the toolbar on the upper left side. You can also click here.

New Virtual Learning Tech Tips Video: Creating a ParentVue Account

SIS ParentVue is where you view your student's attendance, report cards, class schedules, grade book (for middle and high school), course history, discipline, health, and school information. Watch this video to learn how to set up your account

2020-21 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights

Fairfax County Public Schools wants all parents to understand its policies regarding surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights.

In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

Get more information and view the 2020-21 Opt-Out Booklets.  

SAT Day: September 23

All FCPS students in grade 12 have the opportunity to participate in the SAT School Day exam on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at no cost at their school. This day will run asynchronously for all staff and students in high school.

Justice Virtual Schedule

September 17 - Class of 2021 College Planning Night @ 7:00-8:00 pm

September 18 - Virtual College Visits Begin

September 22 - Back to School Night - 6PM (5:30PM pre-recorded messages)

September 23 - SAT for Seniors (All students will work Asynchronously)

September 25 - Senior Parent Coffee (8:30 AM)

Important Dates Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice!

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Justice Newsletter - September 6, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

      Happy Labor Day weekend! We hope that you are enjoying time with family and friends. We are at the start line – and Justice High School is ready. Over the last three weeks, our staff has worked around the clock to prepare for opening day.  We also just welcomed our newest Wolves and introduced them to their student mentors. Our wolfpack welcome on Tuesday, September 1st went off without a hitch and our Student Services town hall was well attended.

      We have some news to share. Chrissy Spaulding, Director of Student Services, has accepted the position of DSS at Fairfax County Adult High School. Chrissy has been part of the Justice Family for over five years. She has provided leadership on social and emotional learning, creative master schedules, alternative education paths, educational programming, On-Time Graduation and drop-out preventative practices. In her new role, Chrissy will continue to work with students for them to reach their college and career goals. Please join us in congratulating Chrissy in her new position and wishing her the best.

         As always, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our admin team if you have any questions.

Quick Reference Guide

Here are this week’s reminders and information:

  • Please make sure your student checks his/her email!  Links to each of the 7 class periods have been sent to school emails.  To make it easier to find these emails the google account has an automatic folder collecting them on the left-hand column (Pictured below).  If you have not received one or more, please feel free to reach out to the teacher and inquire.  Our teachers have worked very hard to send all the invites but it’s possible there’s a few mistakes from schedule changes or updates.
  • Student schedules.  To date, many students have not logged into their accounts.  Login to ParentVue or StudentVue
  • Laptop updates.  This requires the computer to be plugged in, powered on, and connected to the internet.  This is imperative prior to the first day of school. 
  • Tech Issues: If there are tech issues on Tuesday or any day thereafter, please visit the FCPS Site for Tech Support and see if a resolution is found, if not, the county has developed a Support Request Form that should go directly to individuals who can help at your child’s specific school.  As always, please feel free to email your child’s administrator and we can work with you to find a solution as soon as possible – If we’re unable to solve an issue virtually or over the phone, we will be ready to assist at school (Coronavirus restrictions and social distancing guidelines will be in effect).
  • School starts September 8th.  Students should be in first period by 8:10.  Below is our daily schedule.
  • Textbook/supply drop off/pick up.  During the week of September 14th, we will be distributing required materials for classes.  Each grade level has a designated day and time. Please see below for details.
  • Contingency plans.  Though we are anticipating a smooth opening, we understand that even the best laid plans, when they rely on the internet, aren’t foolproof.  Internet outages and server problems can and do happen.  For the time being, our teachers have been asked to send an email to their students if there are connectivity or other issues and concerns.
  • Substitutes.  If a teacher has a sudden absence, he/she will have asynchronous learning available for students.
  • Attendance.  We have missed our students and are looking very forward to reconnecting with them!  As a reminder if a student is not able to attend classes on a given day, parents should contact the attendance office. Parents may report absences by:
    • Calling the Attendance Line at 703-824-3920 or en Español 703-824-8970.
    • Parents have three days to excuse an absence.
    • If you receive a call-out message, and believe it is in error, please have your student check with the classroom teacher for that period.

      We understand that the plans for our distribution events aren’t ideal for many in our community.  We are here to help all members of our community fully participate in these events.  

 For your convenience, administrator’s information is below: 

  • A-CH: Colleen Lally @ clally@fcps.edu
  • Ci-Ha: Michelle Campiglia @ MRCampiglia@fcps.edu
  • Hb-Moh: Katie Vandawalker @ kmvandawalke@fcps.edu
  • Moi- Roj: Will Brooks @ wbrooks@fcps.edu
  • Rok-Z: Jason Kagarise @ JMKagarise@fcps.edu

      Our faculty and staff are excited to start the year. No matter what, we are all in this journey together, WE ARE ONE.  Thank you again and have a wonderful rest of weekend.  See you Tuesday!

Weekly Schedule

Every Monday students will be meeting with their 4th period advisory teacher between 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM. In addition, teachers will collaborate and plan for the week and support students who may need additional assistance/enrichment opportunities through office hours. Students will be expected to complete asynchronous work for their classes on Mondays.  Office hours will be provided once school starts for students to meet with teachers.

Every Tuesday and Thursday will be a Red Day and every Wednesday and Friday will be a Blue Day. Red Days will be Periods 1, 3, 5, and 7. Blue Days will look a little different this year. Blue Days will be 2, 4 (advisory/den time), 6, and 8. Fourth period Den Time will show up as a Learning Seminar 4 on your schedule. Den Time is a time for school-wide lessons to include SEL curriculum and intervention and extension.

Parent Question Corner

     Last week's families submitted the following questions. Thank you for your questions.

  1. Do you have any information about Senior Portrait pictures? Senior portraits have been scheduled for October. Information will be posted in next week's newsletter.
  2. As a new student, how can I get access to the passwords of our emails and StudentVUE? Please email Jason Kagarise @ JMKagarise@fcps.edu.

     Please continue to submit general questions. We will share answers in our upcoming News You Choose Newsletter. You can find the Google Form here. If you have student specific questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our administrators. We are happy to help

Early Bird Forms

We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.
  • Parental consent for digital resources.These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.

More information will be sent later for other forms such as parental signatures needed for the Students Rights and Responsibilities Form, Medical Needs, and Residency Verification.

Class Material Distribution:

During the week of September 14th, we will be distributing required materials for classes.  Each grade level has a designated day and time:

These materials will be distributed from outside of the main gym doors at the curb.  Please stay in your car.  Students (or parent/guardian) should hold up a piece of paper with the student’s complete name.  A staff member will then retrieve the student’s schedule and bring the materials out to the curb.  We ask that anyone coming to the school wear a mask.

*Please note: not all classes have items to be picked up.  Teachers will let students know if their course has something to be picked up during the first week of school.

Before coming to the school, please ask yourself the health questions below.  If you answer “yes” to any of the questions we will accommodate another way to get your materials. 

  1. Do you have a cough and/or sore throat?  (YES/NO)
  2. Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (3 days)?  (YES/NO)
  3. Do you have any shortness of breath or is it hard for you to breathe?  (YES/NO)
  4. Is anyone in your home ill with a fever or a cough?  (YES/NO)
  5. Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days (2 weeks)? (YES/NO)

If you have textbooks or materials from the 2019-2020 school year, you should plan to return them during these evenings. Staff will take the books and materials from you at the curb.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Colleen Lally @ clally@fcps.edu

Exact Path

     I am excited to introduce a new intervention/extension program called Exact Path. We are implementing Exact Path to provide additional support to our students as one way to address possible learning gaps from last spring due to COVID.  

     Exact Path is an adaptive computer program that assesses each student’s needs and then creates an individualized learning program.  This data-driven program is focused on understanding where students are academically and then providing a personalized “learning path” that both builds on your child’s existing strengths and remediates missing knowledge and skills identified through the assessment.

     Students who use Exact Path have consistently demonstrated positive, statistically significant growth. The program is supported by Virginia Department of Education and aligned with Virginia state standards.

     Students will take Exact Path’s diagnostic test for reading on 9/21 and for math on 9/28. Results will be available for parents to review. 

     Once your child receives their personalized learning path, we expect every student to use the program a minimum of 30 minutes a week. Once your child receives their individualized learning path program, we will provide information about how you can follow your child’s progress. 

     We request your support at home to ensure your child takes advantage of this outstanding supplemental learning opportunity. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Mentor/Mentee Program 2020 – 2021

We have implemented the JHS Wolf Pack mentoring program.  The Wolf Pack program is a school-wide mentoring program where every freshman is supported by one of our junior or senior students. Our volunteer student mentors are referred to as Pack Leaders and our freshman are referred to as Wolves. About once per month throughout the year, mentors will meet with mentees in small groups. Each group focuses on an important skill or topic for our students, including communication, time management, getting involved in clubs & sports, leadership, school-life balance, etc.

This year, our mentor/mentee groups will meet virtually through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Our first meeting was held last Thursday. We are excited to implement this program to ensure our freshman students feel welcome, supported, and part of our school community.  If you have any questions, please email Boutia Pourhashemi @ bpourhashemi@fcps.edu or Michelle Peters @ MSPeters@fcps.edu.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PTSD) - Justice High School Driver's Education

The state of Virginia requires students and their parents or legal guardian to attend ONE session of Partners for Safe Teen Driving in order to receive their Pink Card (DEC-8). The 90 minute session requires participants to be actively involved during the presentation. All session LINKS, additional information, & instructions will be posted on your teacher’s Google Classroom. All session will run from 6:30pm-8pm. Attendees must be logged into the entire session to receive credit. If you are a current 11th or 12th grade Justice HS student seeking to attend a PTSD session, please email Greg Weisbecker at gpweisbecker@fcps.edu for information.

 

Upcoming Dates – Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18

SAT School Day Pre-Survey Opt-Out (Seniors Only)

At the beginning of the SAT School Day, students see a voluntary pre-survey that asks questions about a variety of topics. Parents/guardians may opt out of this pre-survey for their student. Parents/guardians may view the pre-survey questions and access further information about this option on the SAT and PSAT Pre-Survey Opt-Out Policy webpage at https://www.fcps.edu/node/36639.  

If you choose to opt your student out of the pre-survey, please notify Shelley Terry, SAT Coordinator, by Friday, September 18, 2020 at sdterry@fcps.edu and include your child’s full legal name and FCPS ID number in the email. Please be sure your student knows they should not answer the pre-survey questions at the beginning of the test.

As a reminder, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam due to health and safety protocols. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration, please contact Shelley Terry at sdterry@fcps.edu.

Class of 2021 – Senior Unit

On Monday, September 14th, 2020 at 9:45am, the Student Services department will provide a presentation to seniors on post-secondary options.  

Seniors will learn about the various post-secondary options:

  • 4 Year University/College
  • Community College 
  • Apprenticeship/Training Programs
  • Military
  • Gap Year

Students will have an opportunity to meet with their counselor to review the following but not limited to: 

  • Senior packet- The senior packet is due on 9/11/20 and can be found on the student’s school counselor’s Google Classroom page.
  • Diploma type & Transcript
  • Senior contract
  • Sign up for an individual meeting with their counselor and answer any questions they may have about their senior year.

Instructions on how to access the Senior Unit will be posted in the student’s school counselor’s Google classroom.  

For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

Class of 2021 - College Planning Night

College Planning Night for the Class of 2021 will be held virtually on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Parents and students are invited to hear about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their children in the college application process. Registration is required by submitting the Justice HS College Planning Night RSVP form by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Blackboard Collaborate details will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours before the event. There is a limit of 500 attendees through Blackboard Collaborate and attendees will be registered on a first come, first served basis. We ask that only one attendee per household registers for this event. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend the live virtual session. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu. 

CAS component of the IB Diploma

The CAS component of the IB Diploma has been simplified for the Class of 2021.

Here are the changes:

  1. There will be NO formal Collaborative CAS Project.
  2. Students must complete 3 total reflections.
    1. The first reflection will be on the Creativity Strand.
    2. The second reflection will be the Activity Strand.
    3. The third reflection will be the Service Strand.
  3. A scheduled CAS meeting with all Class of 2021 Full Diploma Candidates will take place on Monday, September 28th.  An invite will be sent to the students with the exact time.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jason Vanderburgh (jvanderburgh@fcps.edu) Elizabeth Buffenbarger (eabuffenbarg@fcps.edu) or Jennifer Kresse Rodriguez (jakresserodr@fcps.edu).

Rising Senior DP Candidates: Extended Essay Updates for Fall 2020

     The EE team knows that starting school in virtual environment will present some new challenges for everyone, so we are working to support you in our mutual goal of successfully completing the requirements for the IB Diploma.

     We have updated and emailed our extended essay calendar and sample assignment tracker to all diploma candidates. Candidates will also notice that their personal assignment tracker has been updated in Google Classroom to include the rest of the steps in the EE process (through February!). This information, as well as support documents for the EE process, is also available on our Blackboard site.

     The first fall EE deadline is now September 11th. Please note that all steps must be completed one-by-one and in this order. If candidates are still working through the spring steps, that’s okay! They should to catch up on those as soon as possible to join the rest of the fall schedule.

      Please email Traci Rogers (tarogers@fcps.edu) if you have questions or concerns.

Return to School - Virtual Town Halls

We invite you to participate in our Back-to-School Virtual Town Halls. To participate in any of these virtual sessions, please complete this form: Virtual Town Halls. Follow-up information about accessing the Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be sent to all registrants. If you have any questions, please email Michelle Campiglia, Assistant Principal, at mrcampiglia@fcps.edu.

 

9/9: Clubs, Sports, and Activities, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Brian Garvey, our Director of Student Activities, will provide updates and answer questions about clubs, activities, and sports. Information will also be provided about PTSA and Boosters.

Important Dates

September 8 - First Day of School (virtual)

September 9 - Clubs, Sports, and Activities Town Hall 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 17 - Class of 2021 College Planning Night @ 7:00-8:00 pm

September 22 - Back to School Night - 6PM

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Justice Newsletter - August 30, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

     We are one week away from welcoming our students back to Justice High School. This newsletter contains lots of information to help you and your child prepare for the start of the school year on September 8th.

     Bell Schedule: Below is the Justice bell schedule. Students will be engaged Tuesday through Friday with four synchronous classes per day. Synchronous instruction will include teacher-led instruction, collaborative work time, and independent work time that may also include targeted and small-group support.

     Tuesdays and Thursdays are “Red Days” and students will meet with their odd day classes, periods 1, 3, 5 and 7. Wednesdays and Fridays are “Blue Days” and students will meet with their even day classes, periods 2, 4, 6, and 8. Each class block will be 80 minutes in length and will be held through BBCU. Period 4 will continue to be our social emotional learning block (SEL) and Den Time. 

     Mondays will be used for intervention, enrichment and support. All students will be provided with asynchronous work, to be completed outside of regular class time and may be completed on Mondays. In addition, on Mondays, all students are expected to login with their period 4 teacher between 9:00-9:30am. Students should plan to attend class virtually for the duration of the period and attendance will be taken.  

     Student Schedules: On Wednesday, September 2, student schedules will be available for students and parents to view via StudentVue and ParentVue

     Virtual Opening: Justice will host a Virtual Opening on Thursday, September 3 beginning at 9:00am. By Wednesday, students will receive a phone call and an email to their fcpsschools.net account from their period 4 teacher welcoming them to the new year and detailing how they can access the event. 

     Rolling Gradebook: Given the uncertainty of schedules and virtual learning for all students during the 2020-21 school year, our school has decided teachers will use a rolling (cumulative) gradebook. A rolling gradebook allows for progress towards a final mark that captures the total picture of student grades, regardless of length of quarter or number of assignments in each quarter. Acknowledging that the coming school year begins on a later start date and will have both synchronous and asynchronous learning, it is important to utilize a gradebook type that provides maximum flexibility and ensures equitable grading practices to meet the academic and social- emotional needs of all students. 

     A rolling gradebook is an approved gradebook type per Secondary Grading & Reporting Policy and numerous FCPS schools/teams/teachers already utilize a rolling gradebook. 

     To learn more details about a rolling gradebook to include how it will look in SIS Student/ParentVUE, please take time to review the following video. Teachers will communicate grading design and policies via the course syllabus. Students/parents are encouraged to reach out directly to the teacher with additional questions.

     As always, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our admin team if you have any questions.

 

Parent Question Corner

     Last week's families submitted the following questions. Thank you for your questions.

  1. Do you have any information about Senior Portrait pictures? Will the school be able to coordinate the opportunity to get senior pictures taken? We are in the process of scheduling senior portraits and obtaining health and safety protocols for this event. We will send information out soon.
  2. Are there any forms that need to be filled out before the school year starts? See below under Early Bird Forms.
  3. Will 10th graders be taking the PSAT? Right now, 10th graders are not scheduled to take PSAT in October. If more information becomes available, we will notify families.

     Please continue to submit general questions. We will share answers in our upcoming News You Choose Newsletter. You can find the Google Form here. If you have student specific questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our administrators. We are happy to help

Visitor Protocols

Please be aware most teachers and staff are working remotely and will not be on campus; therefore, meetings and conferences largely will be online. We also understand a unique circumstance may necessitate a campus visit. Visitors to the Justice HS building must have an appointment in advance and complete the visitor questionnaire found here. Upon arrival at the school, please park in the visitor lot in front of our main entrance #1. You will need to ring the doorbell. Staff will respond to your call and confirm your appointment. If you do not have an appointment, staff will administer the health questionnaire prior to entry. All visitors are required to wear masks, check in and out at the front office, and maintain social distance throughout their visit.

Early Bird Forms

We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.

More information will be sent later for other forms such as parental signatures needed for the Students Rights and Responsibilities Form, Medical Needs, Residency Verification, and Software Parental Consent Form.

Student Laptops

This week, we will be offering additional opportunities to pick up laptops. Students will be able to pick up laptops from Mon-Thurs 8:30am-2:00pm in main office as well as on Wednesday, September 2nd from 4:00pm-6:00pm.  Pickup will take place outside of door #1 and appointments are not necessary.  If students have laptops from Glasgow Middle School, they may bring them and drop them off with us when picking up their Justice Laptop. 

Masks and social distancing will be required and if students would answer “yes” to any of the questions below, we will reschedule for a later time for laptop pick up.

      • Do you have a cough and/or sore throat?
      • Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (3 days)?
      • Do you have any shortness of breath or is it hard for you to breathe?
      • Is anyone in your house ill with a fever or a cough? 
      • Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days (2 weeks)?

If you have any further questions, please email Jason Kagarise at JMKagarise@fcps.edu.

SIS Grade Books

SIS Grade Books will be open for StudentVue and ParentVue access on Tuesday, September 17, 2020 at 6:00 am. The SIS Parent Account provides up to date parent and guardian access to their child’s student information, including attendance, report cards, class schedules, gradebook, course history, discipline, health, and school information, establishing another form of communication between home and school. Parents use the same username and password as the login for both SIS and FCPS 24-7 Learning. To create an account that will allow access to both, parents should contact Amanda Armitage at amarmitage@fcps.edu for an activation key. Parents with SIS Parents Accounts will automatically receive regular email progress reports with course grades to date beginning on Monday, September 21, 2020. Parents may log into their account to set their delivery preferences.

Wolfpack Spirit Week

From Sept 8th-11th, the Justice HS SGA are hosting a virtual spirit week and would love for everyone to participate. We have dress-up days and social media challenges. Please #JHSWolfpack and tag @wolfpack_sga on Instagram and/or Twitter.

  • 9/8: Class Colors/Justice Memory Day
    • 2021: Red
    • 2022: White
    • 2023: Grey
    • 2024: Navy Blue
  • 9/9: Denim/Show Your Mask Style Day
  • 9/10: PJ/Fav Movie-TV Show Day
  • 9/11: Fitness Attire/Mindfulness Day
Wolfpack Welcome Save the Date & Link!

We are excited to welcome our Wolves to the 2020-2021 school year during our annual Wolfpack Welcome, the Virtual Edition, on Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 pm! Students will have the opportunity to virtually meet school staff, find out about activities and clubs, and learn important information about the upcoming school year. The event will be streamed through YouTube Premiere – a Live Event. This link, https://youtu.be/Qupp9Go1VeI , will go live on September 1st at 6:30pm. We will also be sending the link to each student via their fcpsschools.net email address. It will also be posted on social media. For those who can’t join us on the scheduled date and time, recording of the event will be shared after September 1st for those who are unable to join us that evening.

 

Closed Caption Translation is available through YouTube in multiple languages; 

  1. Click the settings icon at the bottom of the video screen.
  2. Click Subtitles/CC.
  3. Click Auto-translate.
  4. Select a language.
Class of 2021 – Senior Unit

On Monday, September 14th, 2020 at 9:45am, the Student Services department will provide a presentation to seniors on post-secondary options.  

Seniors will learn about the various post-secondary options:

  • 4 Year University/College
  • Community College 
  • Apprenticeship/Training Programs
  • Military
  • Gap Year

Students will have an opportunity to meet with their counselor to review the following but not limited to: 

  • Senior packet- The senior packet is due on 9/11/20 and can be found on the student’s school counselor’s Google Classroom page.
  • Diploma type & Transcript
  • Senior contract
  • Sign up for an individual meeting with their counselor and answer any questions they may have about their senior year.

Instructions on how to access the Senior Unit will be posted in the student’s school counselor’s Google classroom.  

For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

Class of 2021 - College Planning Night

College Planning Night for the Class of 2021 will be held virtually on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Parents and students are invited to hear about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their children in the college application process. Registration is required by submitting the Justice HS College Planning Night RSVP form by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Blackboard Collaborate details will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours before the event. There is a limit of 500 attendees through Blackboard Collaborate and attendees will be registered on a first come, first served basis. We ask that only one attendee per household registers for this event. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend the live virtual session. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu. 

Senior Mailing

Seniors will receive a copy of their unofficial transcript and graduation requirement contract in the mail on or around September 14th. Seniors will need to review all of the graduation requirements necessary to graduate in June of 2021. If there are any questions, please contact your school counselor.

CAS component of the IB Diploma

The CAS component of the IB Diploma has been simplified for the Class of 2021.

Here are the changes:

  1. There will be NO formal Collaborative CAS Project.
  2. Students must complete 3 total reflections.
    1. The first reflection will be on the Creativity Strand.
    2. The second reflection will be the Activity Strand.
    3. The third reflection will be the Service Strand.
  3. A scheduled CAS meeting with all Class of 2021 Full Diploma Candidates will take place on Monday, September 28th.  An invite will be sent to the students with the exact time.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jason Vanderburgh (jvanderburgh@fcps.edu) Elizabeth Buffenbarger (eabuffenbarg@fcps.edu) or Jennifer Kresse Rodriguez (jakresserodr@fcps.edu).

Rising Senior DP Candidates: Extended Essay Updates for Fall 2020

     The EE team knows that starting school in virtual environment will present some new challenges for everyone, so we are working to support you in our mutual goal of successfully completing the requirements for the IB Diploma.

     We have updated and emailed our extended essay calendar and sample assignment tracker to all diploma candidates. Candidates will also notice that their personal assignment tracker has been updated in Google Classroom to include the rest of the steps in the EE process (through February!). This information, as well as support documents for the EE process, is also available on our Blackboard site.

     The first fall EE deadline is now September 11th. Please note that all steps must be completed one-by-one and in this order. If candidates are still working through the spring steps, that’s okay! They should to catch up on those as soon as possible to join the rest of the fall schedule.

      Please email Traci Rogers (tarogers@fcps.edu) if you have questions or concerns.

Return to School - Virtual Town Halls

We invite you to participate in our Back-to-School Virtual Town Halls. To participate in any of these virtual sessions, please complete this form: Virtual Town Halls. Follow-up information about accessing the Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be sent to all registrants. If you have any questions, please email Michelle Campiglia, Assistant Principal, at mrcampiglia@fcps.edu.

 

9/2: School and Community Resources, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Topics will include class schedules, school and community wellness resources, free and reduced lunch applications, and school supplies.

9/9: Clubs, Sports, and Activities, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Brian Garvey, our Director of Student Activities, will provide updates and answer questions about clubs, activities, and sports. Information will also be provided about PTSA and Boosters.

Important Dates

September 1 - Wolfpack Welcome, Premiere – a Live Event. This link, https://youtu.be/Qupp9Go1VeI , will go live on September 1st at 6:30pm. 

September 2 - School and Community Resources Town Hall, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 3 - 4th Period Virtual Check-ins @ 9:00 AM

September 8 - First Day of School (virtual)

September 9 - Clubs, Sports, and Activities Town Hall 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 17 - Class of 2021 College Planning Night @ 7:00-8:00 pm

September 22 - Back to School Night - 6PM

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice!

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Justice Newsletter - August 28, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At Justice High School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://justicehs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources


Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

 

Thank you for your attention to this important component of distance learning and support of our teachers!

Important Dates

September 1 - Wolfpack Welcome, Premiere – a Live Event. This link, https://youtu.be/Qupp9Go1VeI , will go live on September 1st at 6:30pm. 

September 2 - School and Community Resources Town Hall, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 3 - 4th Period Virtual Check-ins @ 9:00 AM

September 8 - First Day of School (virtual)

September 9 - Clubs, Sports, and Activities Town Hall 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 17 - Class of 2021 College Planning Night @ 7:00-8:00 pm

September 22 - Back to School Night - 6PM

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice!

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Justice Newsletter - August 23, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

  

Last week was the first week for teachers and we had an awesome kick off!  Teachers have begun to furiously prepare for our virtual return.  We are so excited about what this new year will bring.  

On Thursday, September 3, all Justice students will attend their 4th period advisory class for a virtual opening. The purpose of this event is to ensure all students can access virtual instruction prior to school starting and will help us identify and troubleshoot needs. This will also be a time when we can start to build relationships and classroom communities, provide information to students, and answer questions students and families may have. More information is to come but please save the date.  

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me at mveck@fcps.edu.

Parent Question Corner

Last week's families submitted the following questions. Thank you for your questions.

  1. My son kept his laptop over the summer. Can he bring it in to get updates/make sure it's in good shape? Yes, please submit a tech support request using this link. Also, please see below for CPU updates.
  2. When will student class schedules be issued? September 2nd.
  3. When will we hear about last year’s field trip refunds? You should have received refunds from last year. Monies were refunded to the extend the school was able to recover reimbursements. Please contact Tracy Sollers at tasollers@fcps.edu if you did not receive your refund.
  4. Have faculty and staff participated in technology training to enhance virtual learning? Justice faculty and staff have engaged in summer learning with virtual tools. In addition, collaborative teams planned content during the summer months. During our back to school meetings, we have set several days aside to continue to learn and explore virtual tools to enhance learning and online tech skills. 
  5. How will parents and teachers communicate face to face? Parents may request face to face meetings with teachers using google meets.

Please continue to submit general questions. We will share answers in our upcoming News You Choose Newsletter. You can find the Google Form here. If you have student specific questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our administrators. We are happy to help.

Class of 2021 - College Planning Night

College Planning Night for the Class of 2021 will be held virtually on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Parents and students are invited to hear about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their children in the college application process. Registration is required by submitting the Justice HS College Planning Night RSVP form by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Blackboard Collaborate details will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours before the event. There is a limit of 500 attendees through Blackboard Collaborate and attendees will be registered on a first come, first served basis. We ask that only one attendee per household registers for this event. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend the live virtual session. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, College & Career Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu. 

Return to School - Virtual Town Halls

As we begin the 2020-21 school year, we invite you to participate in our Back-to-School Virtual Town Halls. To participate in any of these virtual sessions, please complete this form by August 23: Virtual Town Halls. Follow-up information about accessing the Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be sent to all registrants. If you have any questions, please email Michelle Campiglia, Assistant Principal, at mrcampiglia@fcps.edu.

8/24: Virtual School Opening, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Topics will include the school calendar, bell schedule, student email, organizational tools for students, textbook/materials pick up, and information on accessing virtual learning platforms.

8/27: Technology Tips, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Topics will include how to access ParentVUE, Blackboard 24/7, Blackboard Collaborate, and Google Classroom. We will also discuss available resources if your student needs technical assistance or Internet access.

9/2: School and Community Resources, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Topics will include class schedules, school and community wellness resources, free and reduced lunch applications, and school supplies.

9/9: Clubs, Sports, and Activities, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Brian Garvey, our Director of Student Activities, will provide updates and answer questions about clubs, activities, and sports. Information will also be provided about PTSA and Boosters.

JHS 20-21 - Student Laptop Pickup

      We will be distributing 9th grade laptops on 8/25-8/28.  Your son or daughter was assigned a time between 8:30am and 2:00pm on either 8/25, 8/26 or 8/27 and an email was sent to their google email address (studentID#@fcpsschools.net).  Emails were also sent to any parent email addresses that we had on file.  If you’re unable to find the appointment time or unable to make the appointment, please email Jason Kagarise at JMKagarise@fcps.edu.

10th-12th Grade Tech Needs

Laptop for new 10th, 11th or 12th students will be distributed on 8/28 from 8:30-12:00.  If you’re unable to come at that time, please contact Jason Kagarise at JMKagarise@fcps.edu to reschedule a time.

Tech and Internet Support

If there is any issue with a student’s current laptop, home internet, or any other tech need, please follow this link and complete the necessary information. Once the request is received, we will contact you within 24 hours.

CPU Updates

To help prepare students for a successful a virtual start to the school year, parents are asked to ensure children have the tools and connectivity that will be needed.  If you currently have an FCPS issued laptop at home, please help us to prepare devices to receive county updates by doing the following once per week until school starts:

    • Plug the device into an outlet.
    • Turn the device on and let it boot up.
    • Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
    • Launch Google Chrome and visit the FCPS website to ensure the internet is connected on the computer.
    • Leave the laptop on and connected to the internet for 30 minutes.
    • After 30 minutes, the laptop may be shut down.
Parents, Please Update Your Contact Information

For parents to stay current on school news and plans, current contact information is essential. This is especially important because we will need to regularly notify parents about program changes and opportunities, such as laptop distributions, school supply lists, and other essentials. Once school begins, we may need to reach parents about student absences and academic and other concerns. Parents may update their information through Parent View.

IB Score Update

In July, IB released scores from the 2019-2020 school year. Recently, IB has readjusted scores due to worldwide questions over how scores were derived. These adjustments resulted in a score increase for some students. 

Please have your student log into the IB portal to check their scores. Please contact Ms. Kresse-Rodriguez at jakresserodr@fcps.edu if you have any questions. IB will be resending out new transcripts to colleges for those students with score changes.

Parent Resource Center

Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You

Are you worried about managing your child’s virtual schooling this year? Do you hate becoming the “school police” when your child won’t focus? Do you have to balance your child’s schooling with your own remote workload? We hear you, and we’re here to help. 

You’ll learn how to avoid parent-child conflict around academics with practical tips for:

  • Establishing routines and expectations that really work
  • Creating ideal spaces for virtual learning
  • Keeping kids focused while learning online
  • Minimizing distractions from video games and other screens
  • Getting your own work done at the same time (Yes, it’s possible!)

Don’t tackle this unusual year without a plan. Instead, join us and feel more prepared and confident for the year ahead, with a toolbox full of practical strategies that actually work. We can’t wait to see you there!

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

Friday September 11, 2020, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice! Important Dates

August 24 - Virtual School Opening Town Hall 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

August 25-28 - New Student Laptop Pick Up (by appointment)

August 27 - Technology Tips Town Hall, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 1 - Wolfpack Welcome

September 2 - School and Community Resources Town Hall, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 3 - 4th Period Virtual Check-ins

September 8 - First Day of School

September 9 - Clubs, Sports, and Activities Town Hall 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 17 - Class of 2021 College Planning Night @ 7:00-8:00 pm

September 22 - Back to School Night - 6PM

 

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Justice Newsletter - August 16, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

   

I wanted to give you an update on all that we know about the 20-21 school year at this point.

Bell Schedule

To begin the year, Tuesday through Friday will be full days of virtual school. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be “Red Days” (1,3,5,7) and Wednesdays and Fridays will be “Blue Days” (2,4,6,8). Period 4 will be our Den Time.

Mondays will be used for intervention, extension and office hours for the first few hours of the day and the rest of the day will be used for teacher meetings. The time teachers are meeting should be used by students to complete asynchronous assignments and other school-related work on their own.

Full Day Fully Virtual Secondary and High School Schedule (Grades 7-12 or 9-12)

Master Schedule

We are working very hard to give every student the best possible schedule. This is, and will be, a work in progress. At this point, we plan on releasing schedules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE on September 2nd. If something changes, we will let you know.

Student Laptop Distribution

Student laptops distribution is scheduled for 8/25-8/28 from 8:30am – 2:00pm for rising 9th graders and any new students. Please see below for detailed information.

Textbook and Class Material Distribution

Distribution of textbooks and classroom materials will not occur until after the first week of school. This will allow for minor schedule changes to occur before distribution to ensure students are receiving accurate books and materials.

Freshmen Orientation

We are excited to welcome our Wolves to the 2020-2021 school year during our annual Wolfpack Welcome, the Virtual Edition, on Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 pm! Students will have the opportunity to virtually meet school staff, find out about activities and clubs, and learn important information about the upcoming school year. The event will be streamed through YouTube Premiere – a Live Event. A link will be available via all social media platforms, in your News You Choose email on August 30th, and in your student’s @fcpsschools.net email inbox by August 30th. A recording of the event will be shared after September 1st for those who are unable to join us that evening.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night will occur September 22, 2020. The format of this event is still in production. More information will follow.

Graduation

Justice's graduation date is June 7, 2021 at Eagle Bank Arena @2PM. Decisions about the format of graduation will be based on local and state conditions and will be made as we get closer to the end of the school year.

Questions and Wondering

In order for us to get a better sense of questions and wonderings you may have, we have created a Google Form for you to write down anything you may be thinking so that we can answer as many of your questions in our upcoming News You Choose Newsletter. You can find the Google Form here.  

 

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me at mveck@fcps.edu.

Return to School - Virtual Town Halls

As we begin the 2020-21 school year, we invite you to participate in our Back-to-School Virtual Town Halls. To participate in any of these virtual sessions, please complete this form by August 23: Virtual Town Halls. Follow-up information about accessing the Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be sent to all registrants. If you have any questions, please email Michelle Campiglia, Assistant Principal, at mrcampiglia@fcps.edu.

8/24: Virtual School Opening, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Topics will include the school calendar, bell schedule, student email, organizational tools for students, textbook/materials pick up, and information on accessing virtual learning platforms.

8/27: Technology Tips, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Topics will include how to access ParentVUE, Blackboard 24/7, Blackboard Collaborate, and Google Classroom. We will also discuss available resources if your student needs technical assistance or Internet access.

9/2: School and Community Resources, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Topics will include class schedules, school and community wellness resources, free and reduced lunch applications, and school supplies.

9/9: Clubs, Sports, and Activities, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Brian Garvey, our Director of Student Activities, will provide updates and answer questions about clubs, activities, and sports. Information will also be provided about PTSA and Boosters.

JHS 20-21 - Student Laptop Pickup

      We will be distributing 9th grade laptops on 8/25-8/28.  Your son or daughter was assigned a time between 8:30am and 2:00pm on either 8/25, 8/26 or 8/27 and an email was sent to their google email address (studentID#@fcpsschools.net).  Emails were also sent to any parent email addresses that we had on file.  If you’re unable to find the appointment time or unable to make the appointment, please email Jason Kagarise at JMKagarise@fcps.edu.

10th-12th Grade Tech Needs

Laptop for new 10th, 11th or 12th students will be distributed on 8/28 from 8:30-12:00.  If you’re unable to come at that time, please contact Jason Kagarise at JMKagarise@fcps.edu to reschedule a time.

Tech and Internet Support

If there is any issue with a student’s current laptop, home internet, or any other tech need, please follow this link and complete the necessary information. Once the request is received, we will contact you within 24 hours.

CPU Updates

Students who currently have an FCPS laptop, please ensure that your device has the most current system updates by following these steps:

    • Plug the device into an outlet.
    • Turn the device on and let it boot up.
    • Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
    • Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional log-in’s or activities are required.
    • Do this once per week beginning in August to ensure the laptop has the latest updates. 
Parent Resource Center

Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You

Are you worried about managing your child’s virtual schooling this year? Do you hate becoming the “school police” when your child won’t focus? Do you have to balance your child’s schooling with your own remote workload? We hear you, and we’re here to help. 

You’ll learn how to avoid parent-child conflict around academics with practical tips for:

  • Establishing routines and expectations that really work
  • Creating ideal spaces for virtual learning
  • Keeping kids focused while learning online
  • Minimizing distractions from video games and other screens
  • Getting your own work done at the same time (Yes, it’s possible!)

Don’t tackle this unusual year without a plan. Instead, join us and feel more prepared and confident for the year ahead, with a toolbox full of practical strategies that actually work. We can’t wait to see you there!

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

Friday September 11, 2020, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice! Important Dates

August 24 - Virtual School Opening Town Hall 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

August 25-28 - New Student Laptop Pick Up (by appointment)

August 27 - Technology Tips Town Hall, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 1 - Wolfpack Welcome

September 2 - School and Community Resources Town Hall, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 8 - First Day of School

September 9 - Clubs, Sports, and Activities Town Hall 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

September 22 - Back to School Night - 6PM

 

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Justice Newsletter - August 9, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

      Our counselors returned this week and have been hammering out the final details of student schedules. Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions and concerns. You may access their contact information by clicking here. This Friday, August 14, marks the official return to school for teachers. We will be working together to communicate return to school information.

I know many of you have questions about how to best support your students’ virtual learning. We have compiled a list of resources for parents and guardians on our website.  The link is found under the distance learning, and is entitled ‘Parent Virtual Learning Resources’,  and is located here, The site includes:

  1. Commonly used digital platforms – these links provide tutorials on introduction and use of the different platforms used at Justice.
  2. General technology resources – these links provide instruction on the various technology tools used in FCPS.
  1. There is a link to request specific support help based on your needs.  Please use this to help us support you and your children.

     As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me at mveck@fcps.edu.

Bell Schedule for Virtual Learning

The bell schedule for virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year will more closely resemble the start and end times our school was using in 2019-20 before the school closure. That means the virtual high school day will be from 8:10 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.

We want to provide as much of a sense of normalcy in our daily schedule as we can in these most unusual of circumstances. We are able to follow these schedules in a virtual environment because transportation arrangements are not needed.   

Required Health Questionnaire

We have several pick up/drop off days scheduled. Before students/parents come to school, they will need to answer the following questions:

  1. Do you have a cough and/or sore throat? Yes_____ No ______ 
  2. Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (3 days)? Yes______ No______ 
  3. Do you have any shortness of breath or is it hard for you to breathe? Yes_____ No____ 
  4. Is anyone in your house ill with a fever or a cough? Yes____ No_____ 
  5. Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days (2 weeks)? Yes____ No_____

If the answer to any questions is “yes,” we will reschedule your pick-up/drop-off date.

Wolfpack Welcome Save the Date!

We are excited to welcome our Wolves to the 2020-2021 school year during our annual Wolfpack Welcome, the Virtual Edition, on Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 pm! Students will have the opportunity to virtually meet school staff, find out about activities and clubs, and learn important information about the upcoming school year. The event will be streamed through YouTube Premiere – a Live Event. A link will be available via all social media platforms, in your News You Choose email on August 30th, and in your student’s @fcpsschools.net email inbox by August 30th. A recording of the event will be shared after September 1st for those who are unable to join us that evening.

Laptop Distribution for Freshman and New Students

     We will be distributing student laptops on 8/25-8/28 from 8:30am – 2:00pm for rising 9th graders and any new students.  If you are a rising 9th grader you will receive an email with an appointment time to your student google email (Student ID#@fcpsschools.net) on 8/4 – We will also send an email to any parent email addresses on file.  The email sent will have additional information on CDC guidelines.  If parents/students are unable to pick up during their appointment window there will be other opportunities for alternate dates/times.

     If you are a new student enrolling at Justice in 10th-12th grade you may come to school any time between 8:30am and 12:00pm on 8/28.

     If you have any questions or concerns please email Jason Kagarise at jmkagarise@fcps.edu

9th Grade T-Shirt Pickup

All 9th grade students will receive a Justice Wolves t-shirt and a treat when they pick up their student laptops on 8/25-8/28. 9th grade students received an email in their @fcpsschools.net inbox last week with their appointment time for laptop pick up.

August 11 Pick-Up/Drop-Off Day, Grades 10 - 12

On Tuesday, August 11 from 4:00 – 6:00, we will have a pick-up/drop-off day for students in grades 10 – 12; no appointment is necessary. Drivers/walkers should report to the Main Door gyms for curbside service; car riders are asked to display a sign with the student’s complete last name and first name. Masks are required.

  • Drop-off Items:
    • Textbooks
    • Library books
    • Athletic uniforms
    • If students will not be at Justice this year, they will also need to bring their laptop, charger, MiFi device, and any band/orchestra instruments.      

Note: If students do not return these items, they will result in an unpaid obligations fee.

  • Pick-up Items:
    • Items that we retrieved from students’ lockers (Note: If students do not remember the number and combination of their PE locker, we will keep those items until further notice.)
    • Yearbooks (pre-paid)
    • Winter & spring athletic awards

If you have any questions, please email Michelle Campiglia, Assistant Principal, at mrcampiglia@fcps.edu.

 

PE Locker Room Cleanout – August 19th, 20th, 21st

We have been given the go ahead to allow students to pick up items out of their PE Lockers. We have designed pickup to follow all CDC guidelines. It is important that students be signed up for a timeslot.  Here is the link to a calendar with appointment times. Link and instructions below. Just click and set your appointment, and we will see you soon!

  1. Click Link
  2. Use arrow on the top left to scroll to date requesting… August 19th, 20th or 21st
  3. Select time slot. Be sure to select either BOYS or GIRLS locker room pick up.

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/selfsched?sstoken=UUtGdEg5SEFrRV9ofGRlZmF1bHR8OGE0ZDA3Zjc3MDVmZmJkNzVjZjJkMTZiNWE0YTBkODQ

Please remember the following:

  1. Please arrive and stick to appointment time as best as possible so we can ensure social distancing.
  2. Please wear a mask
  3. At Least 6 feet Social Distancing 
  4. Use the Hand sanitizer stations when you arrive at Door #11 and when you leave:).

Stay Safe and Healthy

Go Wolves!

Student Services Office Appointments

Student Services support staff is available to assist with student registrations, withdrawals, records requests, address changes, and more. We are able to address many of these needs by phone or through electronic communication. Families who need to come to the school to drop off paperwork must have an appointment. To make an appointment or to request assistance, please call 703-824-3922 or contact our Administrative Assistants via email: Maddie Orozco (mlorozco@fcps.edu) or Karin Neal (kneal@fcsp.edu). 

SAT and ACT Testing

FCPS is aware that families of high school students, especially our rising seniors, are concerned about access to ACT and SAT testing in FCPS and surrounding areas. We will proceed with the scheduled August 29 SAT testing at several FCPS high schools. In addition, we will work with the College Board to offer FCPS seniors an opportunity to take the SAT at their schools on September 23, through the SAT School Day testing program. We will share registration information for the September 23 test date in mid-August.

Any additional changes for weekend testing sites for the ACT or SAT in FCPS throughout the 2020-21 school year will depend on health conditions along with health and safety guidelines. Changes will be communicated directly to registered students by ACT or by the College Board for the SAT.

Free online test preparation is available at the following links: Khan Academy Official SAT Practice and ACT Academy. We encourage our rising seniors to carefully review the admissions criterion for the colleges on their lists, as many colleges are adjusting requirements for ACT or SAT. School counselors and career center specialists will be available in mid-August to discuss postsecondary planning with students and their families.

State Superintendent Waives Accreditation for the 2021-22 School Year

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane exercised emergency authority granted to him by the 2020 General Assembly to waive annual school accreditation for the 2021-22 academic year. Schools will be assigned a rating of “Accreditation Waived,” the same rating assigned schools for 2020-21 under a waiver issued in April.

Accreditation ratings are based on performance during the previous school year. The statewide closure of schools in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the cancellation of spring Standards of Learning testing. Student performance on SOL tests in English, mathematics and science are key metrics under the state Board of Education’s school accreditation standards.

Without spring 2020 SOL results, there is insufficient data for the Virginia Department of Education to calculate accreditation ratings for the 2020-21 school year. And because year-to-year growth in English and growth in mathematics are also accreditation metrics, VDOE won’t have sufficient data to calculate ratings for 2021-22 either, because even if students are able to take tests next spring, the department won’t have baseline data from 2019-20 for measuring growth. 

In April, Lane appointed a task force to study the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on the commonwealth’s school accountability system and make recommendations on accreditation determinations for 2021-22. Waiving accreditation until there is sufficient baseline data to measure student growth was one of two options recommended by the task force which included FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand.

“Waiving annual accreditation for a second year will allow our schools to focus on assessing the impact of the shut down on students, academically and on their social and emotional well-being,” Lane said. “It will also allow school divisions to make decisions about resuming in-person instruction or reverting to virtual learning that prioritize the health of students and staff, without the added pressure of the possible impact on accreditation. If tests are administered during the upcoming school year, the focus should be on evaluating the impact of the pandemic on student learning and establishing a new baseline for measuring student growth.”

Parent Resource Center

Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You

Are you worried about managing your child’s virtual schooling this year? Do you hate becoming the “school police” when your child won’t focus? Do you have to balance your child’s schooling with your own remote workload? We hear you, and we’re here to help. 

You’ll learn how to avoid parent-child conflict around academics with practical tips for:

  • Establishing routines and expectations that really work
  • Creating ideal spaces for virtual learning
  • Keeping kids focused while learning online
  • Minimizing distractions from video games and other screens
  • Getting your own work done at the same time (Yes, it’s possible!)

Don’t tackle this unusual year without a plan. Instead, join us and feel more prepared and confident for the year ahead, with a toolbox full of practical strategies that actually work. We can’t wait to see you there!

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

Friday September 11, 2020, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You

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Justice Newsletter - August 3, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

     I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well. We are in the process of planning the master schedule, attending and creating virtual professional development for our staff, and working through all of the traditional back to school related logistics. More information regarding student schedules and new student orientation will be sent later this month. Please be sure that students are monitoring their school email.

     At the end of the school year, we surveyed students and staff to understand the challenges and successes of virtual instruction. Based on that feedback our staff is working to develop structures and systems that should streamline on-line learning for students. Once we finalize our plan, we will share information with our families.

     As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me at mveck@fcps.edu.

Virginia High School League

We continue to receive more information and guidance about the coming school year. The Virginia High School League Executive Committee met last week and voted to delay all sports and activities until December 14 and adopted a condensed interscholastic plan. In addition, marching band has also been cancelled for the fall and will be reassessed in alignment with the VHSL. Here are the details of this plan:

  • Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
    • basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling
  • Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
    • cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball
  • Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
    • baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field

“This plan leaves open the opportunity to play all sports in all three seasons if Virginia moves beyond Phase III and/or Phase III guidelines are revised and High Risk Activities are allowed,” said VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun.  The plan also allows schools the opportunity focus on the additional planning associated with the opening of school. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Student Activities Brian Garvey at BDGarvey@fcps.edu.

School Starts September 8th

The revised calendar delays the first instructional day for students  Tuesday, September 8. The revised calendar provides adjustments for additional staff development and planning time between Tuesday, August 25, and Thursday, September 3.

View the revised 2020-21 school year calendar

JHS 20-21 - Student Laptop Pickup Attention Freshmen and New students

     We will be distributing student laptops on 8/25-8/28 from 8:30am – 2:00pm for rising 9th graders and any new students.  If you are a rising 9th grader you will receive an email with an appointment time to your student google email (Student ID#@fcpsschools.net) on 8/4 – We will also send an email to any parent email addresses on file.  The email sent will have additional information on CDC guidelines.  If parents/students are unable to pick up during their appointment window there will be other opportunities for alternate dates/times.

     If you are a new student enrolling at Justice in 10th-12th grade you may come to school any time between 8:30am and 12:00pm on 8/28.

     If you have any questions or concerns please email Jason Kagarise at jmkagarise@fcps.edu

PSTD Summer Sessions

Due to school closure during the spring some students were unable to attend Partner’s for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD).  This 90-minute program is required to be attended by the student and their parent/guardian as part of classroom driver education to fulfill juvenile licensing requirements. 

Additional programs have been scheduled on August 5, August 10, and August. 17 in the evening.  The programs will be held virtually and the student and parent/guardian must participate in the presentation together. 

Students should complete the form at https://forms.gle/62rXQuqszigZ5AZw6 to register for PSTD.  Each session is limited to 40 participants (student and parent/guardian).  Students will be registered first-come, first-served.  Students must be logged into their FCPS Google account to access the form.  A confirmation email and separate email with the Blackboard Collaborate link to join the session will be sent to the student’s FCPS Gmail. 

After completing the program, the student will receive a certificate of completion in their FCPS Gmail.  The certificate of completion will need to be sent to the student’s classroom driver education teacher. 

Please contact Carrie Reynolds at cfreynolds@fcps.edu with any questions.

Student Services Staff Updates

We are excited to welcome new members to the Justice HS Student Services staff for the 2020-2021 school year. Ms. Jolana Williams, who served as a resource counselor at Justice HS this past year, will be the school counselor for students with last names Guf-La. Ms. Shanay Freeman Howard will be the counselor for students with last names Mv-Ram. While new to FCPS, Ms. Howard has a wealth of school counseling experience and we are thrilled that she will be joining our team. Our school counselors are returning from summer break on Thursday, August 6, 2020. We wish the best for Ms. Covert as she transitions to a new FCPS school and congratulate Ms. Schneider on her retirement. 

  • A-Ba: Shari Winston (slwinston@fcps.edu)
  • Bb-De: Carissa Camacho (ccamacho@fcps.edu)
  • Df-Gue: Richeal Fretwell (rlfretwell@fcps.edu)
  • Guf-La: Jolana Williams (jrwilliams@fcps.edu)
  • Lb-Mu: Alysha Damratowski (amdamratowsk@fcps.edu)
  • Mv-Ram: Shanay Freeman Howard (syfreeman@fcps.edu)
  • Ran-So: Linda Hardy (lwhardy@fcps.edu)
  • Sp-Z: Megan Neforos (mcneforos@fcps.edu)
  • A-Ma ESOL Level 1: Maurice Hirsh (mhirsh@fcps.edu)
  • Mb-Z ESOL Level 1: Vanessa Collazos (vccollazos@fcps.edu)
Student Services Office Appointments

Student Services support staff is available to assist with student registrations, withdrawals, records requests, address changes, and more. We are able to address many of these needs by phone or through electronic communication. Families who need to come to the school to drop off paperwork must have an appointment. To make an appointment or to request assistance, please call 703-824-3922 or contact our Administrative Assistants via email: Maddie Orozco (mlorozco@fcps.edu) or Karin Neal (kneal@fcsp.edu). 

2020 Senior Photos

Lifetouch recently finished processing the photographs taken during our diploma ceremony in June.  If you would like to view/order photos please follow this link.  We’re thrilled to be able to share these images from such a wonderful celebration of our seniors.

Lifetouch has organized the photos in chronological order and have them separated by day:  6/16 – day 1; 6/17 – day 2; 6/18 – day 3.

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Justice Newsletter - July 5, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

 

     Last week the Justice Pyramid Principals hosted two town hall meetings to discuss the options for school choice. Families have a choice of in-school learning for students with health and social distancing protocols in place or an online, virtual learning option at the family’s request. Families will need to decide by July 10th if they will enroll their child for in-person or online learning for the coming 2020-2021 school year. It is very important that all families complete this enrollment form for each child in FCPS so that schools can ensure adequate staffing for online and in-person classes.

     In addition, FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Sloan Presidio, and director of the office of special education procedural support Jane Strong will host a virtual Town Hall on Monday, July 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. View the livestream on fcps.edu/tv/ch99 or Channel 99 (Verizon, 11). Ask questions before or during the forum by emailing ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu or calling 1-800-231-6359 (during the forum). Questions will be answered about the Return to School options for the 2020-21 school year. A Spanish language virtual town hall will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook en espanol, featuring Dr. Brabrand and other FCPS officials.

      Ms. Spaulding, Director of Student Services and I would like to offer our families the opportunity to ask questions that are Justice High School specific. On Wednesday, July 8th, from 11:00am to Noon (English) and 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Spanish), we will be holding a Justice HS Town Hall. Please RSVP to be sent the link prior to the session. Using the link, you may submit questions before to the meeting. 

       I thank you in advance for your continued patience and support as we continue to navigate through these new developments. 

Summer Learning Opportunities

From Monday, July 6th – Friday, July 31, Justice students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Continuity of Learning program which is a free summer program that offers Justice High School students an opportunity to review concepts and skills using recommended self-directed digital materials.  Materials will not be collected or graded. 

The digital materials will be housed on the FCPS 24-7 learning Mathematics and English sites  (Summer Learning Materials). Justice teachers will be available each week through office hours to assist students with the digital materials or other learning goals that they may be working on throughout the summer. 

Here are a list of teachers and times available. Please email teachers to receive link to office hours.

If you have any questions regarding these summer learning opportunities, please contact Maria Eck at mveck@fcps.edu.

Summer Assignments

Optional summer assignments are available for a handful of classes in order to provide students access to educational material prior to courses that will begin in August. Assignments are posted on the Justice HS website here: Summer Assignments 2020.

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