Justice Pyramid Message - June 2, 2020

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Justice Pyramid Message

Dear Justice Pyramid Families,

We are writing to you as your Pyramid Principals to let you know how disheartened we are in light of current events. Racism and hate have no place in the Justice Pyramid, rather our schools are places that strive towards inclusiveness and compassion for all while providing hope for the future.

Our staff is here to support children to process information and to learn and speak about kindness, justice, and what it means to be a good citizen. We will continue to work together to identify ways to have these important conversations with our staff and students. Our schools are committed to continue engaging in professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices, to challenge racism and injustice while promoting inclusive school communities where diversity is valued.

Here are a few resources for families on these topics:

 

As always, we thank you for your trust. We thank you for your partnership. We are hopeful about our future because the students and staff of the Justice Pyramid will continue to lead the change.

Respectfully,

Maria Eck, Justice High School

Katie Madigan, Glasgow Middle School

Julie Easa, Bailey’s Primary Elementary

Marie Lemmon, Bailey’s Upper Elementary

Karim Daugherty, Beech Tree Elementary

Cecilia Vanderhye, Belvedere Elementary

Cindi Choate, Glen Forest Elementary

Rebecca Forgy, Parklawn Elementary

Maureen Lopez, Sleepy Hollow Elementary

 

Additional Resources:

 

Books for parents teaching young children:

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

 

Books to for teenagers and adults to read:

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You byJason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr.Brittney Cooper

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings byMaya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age ofColorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for theTwenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color byCherríe Moraga

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of RacialInequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk AboutRacism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

 

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Justice Newsletter - May 31, 2020

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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice. To make an end is to make a beginning.” ~ T.S. Eliot

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

     We had a little over 200 seniors pick up their caps and gowns on Friday. Thank you to our wonderful staff for volunteering their time. On Monday, we will make it happen for the rest of our seniors.

     We have two weeks left of school for our underclassmen. Please encourage your child to continue to attend classes regularly and submit assignments. Our teachers are working hard planning engaging lessons and creating meaningful assignments. We want to make sure that students are at their best preparedness levels. As a reminder, this summer there are multiple learning opportunities for students. In addition to credit recovery and the online campus, FCPS will offer free continuity of learning (CoL) for all K-12 students. A variety of self-directed print and online materials will be available. For the latest information regarding CoL, please click here.

      As always, please feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns.

Convocation

We are hosting a virtual Convocation (Senior Awards) celebration on June 8th at 2:00 pm. During the celebration, scholarships awardees will be recognized for their accomplishments. The entire class of 2020 is invited to this event and counselors will communicate directly with the families of the students who are slated to receive an award at Convocation. Seniors will receive their individual unique link through their fcpsschools.net email address 24 hours in advance of the event. We are limited in the number of participants who can attend the BBCU session and ask that students and parents view our program on one device per household. Please fill out the Convocation RSVP Form only if you would like to attend the event and are a parent who is not living in the same household as your senior. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend the live virtual celebration. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor.

Senior Virtual Graduation and Celebration

Senior Virtual Graduation and Celebration - In addition to the cap & gown graduation photo opportunity, we are excited to announce the production of our Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation and Celebration Video. The video will be live streamed on July 2nd at 6:00pm on YouTube (link will be provided once created), as well as Channel 21. The purpose of this video is to celebrate our Seniors, acknowledge their achievement of earning their high school diploma, and create a keepsake memory for them.  The format of this video will be a hybrid between a traditional graduation ceremony and a celebration of our Seniors’ accomplishments. 

Photos Due June 12: This virtual celebration will be compiled by our partners, Marching Orders and Stage Clips. Students will receive an email from these organizations detailing how to upload a photo and video clip. They must upload their information by Friday, June 12. If your student prefers that we use their yearbook photo, they must indicate their wishes to participate, by filling out this form from their FCPS account by Friday, June 12 in order to be included in the virtual celebration.

Senior Transcripts

Through the Senior Survey process, seniors indicated which college they will be attending and where Justice HS will send their final transcript. Final transcripts will be sent to colleges the week of June 8th. Seniors will receive an unofficial copy of their transcript along with their diploma during the scheduled photo opportunity appointments June 16-18. 

Final Grades

Final Grades will be available in SIS on Friday, June 12th. The Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Friday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m. Report Cards will be mailed centrally. Parents/Guardians may opt into “Go Paperless” for report cards by logging into ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!". This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.

Course Verification

All student course requests can be accessed through the SIS Parent Account. Please review these selected courses carefully with your child and should you find any errors, by Friday, June 5 please contact your child’s counselor by email or a signed and dated note explaining the error and how it should be corrected.

Intention for Next School Year Form

We need your help projecting our total enrollment for next school year. For families NOT returning to Justice High School in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form by Friday, June 5. Access the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” on the FCPS public website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms#intention-form. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable. Student ID Number may be left blank. Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send it to mlorozco@fcps.edu. Contact Madeline Orozco at 703-824-3922 or mlorozco@fcps.edu if you need assistance completing the form. 

Underclassmen materials pick-up/drop-off

To prepare for underclassmen’s last day of distance learning on June 12, we have designated the following drop-off/pick-up days:

 

Families with more than one Justice HS student will only need to come to the school on one date.

 

Essential items for drop off include textbooks and library books. Students may keep their laptop and any musical instruments over the summer unless they will not be returning to Justice next year. We will have any items retrieved from lockers or classrooms bagged for pick up. All students who completed this Google Form received an email with their appointment date and time, a required health questionnaire, and information on drop-off/pick-up procedures. Students who have not yet completed the Google Form should do so by Friday, June 5. If you have any questions, please email Michelle Campiglia, Assistant Principal, at mrcampiglia@fcps.edu.

Varsity Sports Award Banquet – Thursday, June 4th at 7:00pm

We’re so excited to be presenting our 2019-2020 Varsity Sports Awards – the Virtual Edition! The annual Justice Athletics event will be held through YouTube Premiere – a “Live” Event. Please use the link: tinyurl.com/JusticeSportsYoutube to access the event the night of. We look forward to having everyone together to recognize the 2019-2020 athletic seasons, and highlight some of the major Justice Athletics awards!

 

Interested in a fall sport?

Fall 2020 information

Interested in a fall sport?? Please fill out the below google form. Contact information will be routed to the appropriate coach so that we can make sure you are included in any of their communication. 

Fall Interest Google Form

 

Start Dates

July 30th - Golf

August 3rd - Cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, Volleyball

 

Coaches Contact Information

Cross Country - Ron Kronlage - rkronlage@fcps.edu 

Cheerleading - Deborah O'Rourke - dworourke@fcps.edu 

Field Hockey - Stefanie Vestal - slvestal@fcps.edu 

Football - Greg Weisbecker - gpweisbecker@fcps.edu 

Golf - Ryan Kenna - rhkenna@fcps.edu 

Volleyball - Sharon Ponton - sponton@fcps.edu 

Summer School

We are in the process of planning for our Justice HS Virtual Summer High School Credit Recovery classes which will be offered from July 6-24. The free virtual program is designed to allow students to recover credit for a failed course or receive targeted intervention to support future success. Counselors will be reaching out to students who need to recover a credit to encourage registration. Students may register using the Justice HS Summer School Registration 2020 form. Click here for more information about Virtual Credit Recovery classes. For more information on all available summer learning opportunities, please visit FCPS Summer Learning.

Student Services Weekly Programming

For the final Wellness Wednesday lesson of the year, the counselors are holding a session on “Letting Go Without Closure” to give students strategies as the school year comes to an end. While the Future Friday sessions were originally slated to end on May 29th, the Student Services team just had a hard time letting go so they have planned one final wrap up lesson to help juniors know what to focus on over the summer to prep for the college application process. Students will need to register for our upcoming Future Friday Sessions through the Future Friday Registration Form. Registration will close at 5pm the day before the session. Links to the session will be sent to students the night before the session. More information and recent lessons can be found on the counselor’s Google Classroom page. 

Scholarship Opportunity - Class of 2021

The Posse  Scholarship Self Nomination Form is now open for students to submit (students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form).  We have a limited number of allotted nominations for this scholarship. Nominations close on Friday 06/05/20 @ 11:59pm. Criteria for Posse (includes excellence and leadership and academics) - https://www.possefoundation.org/. Each Posse Scholar receives a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship provided by college and university partners.  (room and board is not included) Posse seeks students who are leaders in their high schools and communities, committed to their education and demonstrate academic potential, interested in teamwork and diversity, and positive, motivated, talented, ambitious young people. 

NOVA FAFSA Week Recordings

There was a great turnout with more than 1970 individuals registered for the 19 different sessions during NOVA FAFSA Week. Recordings of the presentations are available in English and Spanish on the NOVA website. Look for another round of live Financial Aid workshops, some in Spanish, to be offered in June/July.

Upcoming Parent Programming from NOVA

Thank you again for participating in NOVA’s first parent Zoom with President Kress. Based on your feedback we are holding two additional Zooms to discuss NOVA transfer options in more detail. Registration information for the two sessions are listed below. NOVA Transfer Programs - Parent Chat,  June 8th 5:00pm - 6:00pm. Register: https://vccs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FLGoxXuxSVu39njdXMbOMA

NOVA Transfer Programs - Parent Chat,  June 10th  5:00pm - 6:00pm. Register:

https://vccs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nXo7Zra0QWG1AxRO7YDimQ  

Parent Resource Center (PRC)

The PRC YouTube channel has new workshops added every month. Please check the FCPS Parent Resource Center website frequently as they will be adding new webinars. 

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Justice Newsletter - May 25, 2020

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"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." ~ T.S. Eliot

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

      What a surreal two months it’s been for our school community. It has been a challenge for all of us as we have been limiting contact with each other to “virtual” spaces rather than the face-to-face connection that we all so much prefer. We miss having students and staff in the building.

       I wanted to take a moment and share how grateful I am for our faculty, staff and students. The Justice faculty has worked so hard to increase their skill and creativity in this new virtual environment. Their care for our students goes beyond academic learning. This week, our staff will participate in the Justice Pyramid Share Fair. During the Share Fair, teachers representing the pyramid schools will share their best strategies for synchronous and asynchronous teaching. This is so exciting for all us as we work under one pyramid umbrella to explore our instructional practices and enhance our virtual teaching “toolkit.” .

       I cannot say enough about our students. Our students always display the best qualities of our community. Last week, staff met with our seniors to plan out virtual celebrations and photo opportunities. Our entire staff is working hard to support our seniors as they complete their final week of distance learning! We are also seeing lots of great participating during synchronous teaching as well as seeing students take advantage of Wellness Wednesdays, Future Fridays and 8th period yoga. Go Wolves!

      As always, please feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns.

Underclassmen materials pick-up/drop-off

As you know, the last day of distance learning for underclassmen is June 12. Before we begin summer break, we will be collecting and returning important items to students.  Underclassmen will drop off/pick up items on the following dates:

        Families with more than one Justice HS student will only need to come to the school on one date.

      The Google Form  for requesting locker items was due on Friday, May 22nd. If you have not done so, please complete ASAP.

     This week (Week of May 25th), students will receive an email in their school Gmail account with their appointment time, a reminder of items to bring to school, and instructions with a schematic for the procedures that we will follow.  It is important that students check their school email for this information. Please contact your grade level administrator, if you do not receive an email or have questions regarding this process.

Class of 2020 Updates

Last Friday, staff met with the Class of 2020 about virtual graduation and celebration, student materials drop offs and pick ups, and the graduation photo opportunity.  Though I know our Class of 2020 is eagerly awaiting the specific details, here are some highlights:

Phase 1 - Friday, May 29th & Monday, June 1st

  • Pick up items
    • Items left in locker
    • Cap and Gown
  • Return of the following items at different stations, if applicable:
    • Laptop and charger
    • Mifi Device
    • Metro Bus Card
    • Textbooks
    • Library Books
    • Music Instruments belonging to school

Phase 2 - Tues, June 16th - Thurs, June 18th

  • Photo Op 
  • Diploma Pick Up

* Students will receive an email with appointment times and dates for both phases

Seniors should pay their dues through MySchoolBucks.com using a credit card or check.  If you need to pay in cash, you can pay fees in person during your appointment.

During the meeting, students submitted questions. Please  click here for answers. You must be logged into your fcpsschools.net account. You can also access the May 22nd power point here.

Summer School

We are in the process of planning for our Justice HS Virtual Summer High School Credit Recovery classes which will be offered from July 6-24.  The virtual program is designed to allow students to recover credit for a failed course or receive targeted intervention to support future success. The program will be free to all students. Counselors will reach out to students who need to recover a credit and will share registration information. Counselors and teachers will also be reaching out to invite students who did not fail a course but who may need extra support. Click here for more information about Virtual Credit Recovery classes. For more information on all available summer learning opportunities, please visit FCPS Summer Learning.

Student Services Weekly Programming

This week your Student Services team presents the “6 Habits of Highly Empathetic People” as the topic for Wellness Wednesday. Through this lesson, students can learn why people with empathy are some of the most successful leaders and role models in life, as well as how to build their own empathy skills. We hope you check it out and enjoy it! The Future Friday lesson for juniors will serve as a Question & Answer session where juniors can learn more about College Admission Do’s and Don’ts, Ethics and Integrity, and learn about Early Action/Early Decision. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions to people who make admission decisions. We will also be holding a senior panel where students will hear from current Justice HS seniors about their process applying to 4-year schools, ways to avoid senioritis, and other important information regarding senior year. Students will need to register for our upcoming Future Friday Sessions through the Future Friday Registration Form. Registration will close at 5pm the day before the session. Links to the session will be sent to students the night before the session. More information and recent lessons can be found on the counselor’s Google Classroom page.

Scholarship Opportunity - Class of 2021

The Posse  Scholarship Self Nomination Form is now open for students to submit (students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form).  We have a limited number of allotted nominations for this scholarship. Nominations close on Friday 06/05/20 @ 11:59pm. Criteria for Posse (includes excellence and leadership and academics) - https://www.possefoundation.org/. Each Posse Scholar receives a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship provided by college and university partners.  (room and board is not included) Posse seeks students who are leaders in their high schools and communities, committed to their education and demonstrate academic potential, interested in teamwork and diversity, and positive, motivated, talented, ambitious young people. 

A Note from Our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Shawn Elliott wanted to provide you with this special message: With drug usage amongst youth steadily increasing, youth and young adults are not considering the internal impact.  This short clip describes how the brain and other parts of the body are deeply compromised with the use of substances. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivzxGOK2nQ0

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their parents an introduction to options after high school through virtual webinars. Link will be forwarded to registrants from Blackboard on May 26, 2020. Registration closes on May 25, 2020. Presented by FCPS Career and Transition Services. Register online at www.fcps.edu (search Parent Resource Center) or call 703-204-3941. 

  • May 27, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Register for Supported and Competitive Employment Options: For students planning to work after graduation.

May 28, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Register for Postsecondary Education Options: For students planning to continue their education at a 2- or 4- year college or specialized training program.

Junior Parent Coffee Recording

We had a great showing for our junior parent coffee on Friday, May 22, 2020. If you were not able to attend the meeting, the recording has been posted to the Class of 2021 Blackboard page. We will be sending out an updated FAQ document through Naviance next week. Also posted on the Class of 2021 Blackboard page is a link to the recordings for all of the Future Friday sessions that have been developed for juniors to help with their post high school planning.

Parent Resource Center (PRC)

The PRC has a “padlet” website for “Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources for Families.” https://padlet.com/valrieeisele/emotions. The PRC YouTube channel has new workshops added every month. Please check the FCPS Parent Resource Center website frequently as they will be adding new webinars. 

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Justice Newsletter - May 17, 2020

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"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you." – B.B. King

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

       I hope that you were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather on Saturday. Bill and I power washed our deck. As uneventful as that may sound, we were delighted to get ready for warm temperatures.

       Each week I have the opportunity of dropping in on synchronous lessons throughout different content areas. This week, Dr. Zuluaga, Region II Superintendent, had the opportunity to visit alongside with me. He was impressed to see the high levels of engagement in our virtual classrooms. We visited math, science and English classes.

     We have crafted a plan for underclassmen to retrieve materials from their lockers and drop-off any materials. Please see below for more information. Seniors, diplomas have arrived and caps/gowns will be delivered tomorrow. Staff is currently working to finalize your pick-up/delivery plan. We have included an outline below under class of 2020 updates. More information to come next week.

      As always, please feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns.

Underclassmen materials pick-up/drop-off

As you know, the last day of distance learning for underclassmen is June 12. Before we begin summer break, we will be collecting and returning important items to students.  Underclassmen will drop off/pick up items on the following dates:

        Families with more than one Justice HS student will only need to come to the school on one date. This process will take place in three phases:

 

Phase 1:  Completion of Google Form - If students have critical items that they need to pick up (e.g., materials in their locker, medication) or drop off (e.g., library books, textbooks), they need to complete this Google Form sent to their school Gmail account by Friday, May 22Important Note:  Athletic uniforms will be handled separately; coaches will contact athletes with more information.  Underclassmen will keep their laptop, charger, and instrument (if applicable) over the summer unless they are moving. If you are moving, please use the Google Form link to let us know what items you will be returning. 

Phase 2:  Communication of Pick Up/Retrieval Time - The week of May 25, students will receive an email in their school Gmail account with their appointment time, a reminder of items to bring to school, and instructions with a schematic for the procedures that we will follow.  It is important that students check their school email for this information.

Phase 3:  Pick Up/Drop Off - On students’ assigned day and time, we will offer contact-free, curbside service at the school; no students or parents/guardians will be permitted to enter the building.  Everyone who comes to the school must wear a mask or face covering. 

Class of 2020 Updates

As our Class of 2020 is probably already aware, the FCPS School Board has released the expectations for senior celebratory activities.  We are extremely proud of our graduates, and now that we have uniform expectations, Justice has begun the planning process!

We will hold another Senior class meeting on Friday, 22nd at 1:00 pm to discuss the following topics that are being finalized:

    • Senior Class Dues, Obligations & Fees
    • Laptop, Instrument, Bus Pass, Textbook & Library Book Return
    • Cap & Gown Pick Up
    • Diploma Pick Up
    • Photo Opportunities
    • Convocation Details
    • Graduation Celebration Details

Though the traditional June commencement isn’t a possibility, we do have a few save the dates to share. We are hosting a virtual Convocation celebration on June 8th at 2:00 pm. We will share specific information on how to access the celebration in the coming weeks.

A committee is working to create a virtual celebration video for our seniors. We are reviewing timelines, and when the contract is signed, we will reach out to our seniors for their contributions to our video. In addition, we have many individual senior night events being held by sports teams, performing and fine arts groups, and extracurricular and elective organizations.  We are all working as quickly as possible to create as meaningful an end for our seniors as possible. As details are finalized, we will be sending them out!

Summer Learning

You may have read the letter sent last week by FCPS regarding summer learning.  Justice HS will be offering a variety of virtual summer learning to include credit recovery for students who have failed a course or need targeted intervention support, as well as continuity of learning for all students using self-directed digital materials available online.  

FCPS will also be offering summer learning for English language learners and some special education students.  In addition, The  Online Campus  will be open to all students, to enroll in select courses for new credit. Students may also work with their counselors to seek approval to complete a new course through a college or university or through another public or private school that is accredited by Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) and Virtual Private Schools accredited by VCPE.  For courses taken outside of FCPS, the parent or guardian must complete the Request to Earn High School Credit from Programs Outside of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) form. Submit the completed form and additional documents to your child’s school counselor to obtain permission to transfer credit prior to enrolling in any non-FCPS program.”

Student Services Weekly Programming

This week, the Student Services Department Wellness Wednesday lesson will help students with stress management as the school year winds down and the Future Friday lesson for juniors will focus on financing your education. Students will need to register for our upcoming Future Friday Sessions through the Future Friday Registration Form. Registration will close at 5pm the day before the session. Links to the session will be sent to students the night before the session. More information and recent lessons can be found on the counselor’s Google Classroom page

Address Changes

Please let us know if you have moved! We will continue to send important information through the mail and want to make sure that we have your current mailing information. Please contact our registrar, Madeline Orozco, if the address that we have in SIS for your child is no longer correct. For families NOT returning to Justice High School in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form by Friday, June 5. Access the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” on the FCPS public website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms#intention-form. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable. Student ID Number may be left blank. Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send it to our registrar, Madeline Orozco. Ms. Orozco can be reached at 703-824-3922 or mlorozco@fcps.edu

Class of 2020 Senior Survey

About 45% of the senior class has completed the Class of 2020 Senior Survey. The Senior Survey is located in Naviance Student and usually takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Through this process, seniors will indicate where Justice HS will send their final transcript. Resources to assist students with accessing and completing the survey are posted in the counselor’s Google classrooms. The information received from the survey is annually reported to the Virginia Department of Education and the School Board. If you have any questions please contact your school counselor or Ms. Grande agrande@fpcs.edu

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their parents an introduction to options after high school through virtual webinars. Link will be forwarded to registrants from Blackboard on May 26, 2020. Registration closes on May 25, 2020. Presented by FCPS Career and Transition Services. Register online at www.fcps.edu (search Parent Resource Center) or call 703-204-3941. 

  • May 27, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Register for Supported and Competitive Employment Options: For students planning to work after graduation.
  • May 28, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Register for Postsecondary Education Options: For students planning to continue their education at a 2- or 4- year college or specialized training program.

 

Junior Parent Coffee

Parents of current juniors are invited to join us for a virtual Junior Parent Coffee on Friday, May 22nd from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Topics will include the college search and application process, financial aid, and ways to prepare for senior year. Please complete the Justice HS Junior Parent Coffee RSVP if you would like to attend. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

Course Verification

All student course requests can be accessed through the SIS Parent Account. Please review these selected courses carefully with your child and should you find any errors, by Friday, June 5 please contact your child’s counselor by email or a signed and dated note explaining the error and how it should be corrected.

A Note from Our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Shawn Elliott wanted to provide you with an article pertaining to the 5 Vaping Fact You Need To Know provided by Doctor Michael Joseph Blaha of John Hopkins Medicine. Shawn can be reached at sbelliott@fcps.edu. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/5-truths-you-need-to-know-about-vaping 

Get Your 2020 Yearbook Today!

 

Don't forget to purchase your 2020 yearbook, today! There are only 30 books left, and once they are sold out, we cannot print more copies! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118 

Parent Resource Center (PRC)

The PRC YouTube channel has new workshops added every month. Please check the FCPS Parent Resource Center website frequently as they will be adding new webinars. 

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"You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will." – Stephen King

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

       Happy Mother's Day to all our wonderful Justice Mothers and Grandmothers.

        On Saturday, our teachers set out to celebrate our senior class. We delivered over 500 yard signs. THANK YOU to PTSA for funding this event and to our staff for taking the time on Saturday to personally deliver the signs. Our senior students were thrilled to know that our community supports and is thinking of them.

      The Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE are now open. Report Cards will be mailed for both third and fourth quarters. Parents/Guardians may opt into “Go Paperless” for report cards by logging into ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!". This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option. This option must be selected prior to May 12th to prevent the 3rd quarter report card from being mailed. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.

          As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

8th Period Yoga Class

      Justice High School is pleased to offer an optional 8th Period Yoga class from 1:30 to 2:15 on Thursdays for students and staff. Classes will be taught by Lisa Gunther, Librarian, and Ellie Burnett, English Teacher.  Lisa and Ellie teach yoga in and out of school, and are so happy to be able to continue integrating this practice of mindfulness and relaxation into the school day.

     Justice students and staff can login into 8th Period Yoga by following the steps below:

  • Go to FCPS Blackboard 24-7
  • Click on the Justice HS Library Course
  • Click on the Distance Learning Tab on Thursdays starting at 1:15

     Please email Lisa Gunther with any questions.  

Student Services Weekly Programming

This week, the Student Services Department will be providing a lesson for students to check in on their postsecondary goal that they created earlier in the year through Den Time as part of their FCPS Academic Career Plan. The Wellness Wednesday lesson will help students learn strategies to adapt to change and the Future Friday lesson for juniors will focus on college placement testing and requesting letters of recommendations. Students will need to register for our upcoming Future Friday Sessions through the Future Friday Registration Form. Registration will close at 5pm the day before the session. Links to the session will be sent to students the night before the session. More information and recent lessons can be found on the counselor’s Google Classroom page. Our Student Services team is doing an amazing job keeping up with the latest information to share with students!

Virtual Honor Roll

We will be holding a virtual 3rd quarter honor roll celebration for “All A” student recipients on Friday, May 15th at 2:00 pm. A link to the Blackboard Collaborate session will be sent to the student recipient’s fcpsschools.net email address 24 hours before the event. We ask that students and parents view the program on one device per household. 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.

Colleges Still Accepting Applications

The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students is a voluntary listing of NACAC member postsecondary institutions that are still accepting applications from prospective freshman and/or transfer students for the upcoming fall term. This is a tool for counselors, parents and others assisting students who have not yet completed the college admission process. View the list of colleges still accepting applications here. Typically, colleges will continue to join the update after the May 5 public release date, so check back periodically to see additional colleges still accepting applications.

G Suite Information for Seniors

Each summer we get emails from seniors who can no longer access their Google Drive to access resumes, scholarship information, and other important documents. The link below shows seniors how they can download all of their information in one package and move it over to their personal Gmail account. Downloading your Data from FCPS G Suite for Education

FCPS AP and IB Updates

The College Board and International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) continue to provide 2020 Advanced Placement (AP)/IB program guidance and testing updates directly to students and parents. Based on this information, FCPS is providing additional information to ensure students and parents understand how schools are supporting students with these changes.The most recent updates can be found at Coronavirus Update: FAQs and  https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-shares-new-updates-ap-and-ib-students

 

AP Exams

We have a handful of students who are signed up to take AP exams over the next two weeks. Please view the AP Exam schedule. Students taking an online AP exam are expected to login 30 minutes prior to the start of the exam. For the next two weeks, there will be AP students who have to miss synchronous instruction due to a scheduled online AP Exam. AP students should be encouraged to check in with their teachers to learn how to make up the synchronous instruction missed due to an AP exam. Please take a moment to review the important information below shared by College Board:

Junior Parent Coffee

Parents of current juniors are invited to join us for a virtual Junior Parent Coffee on Friday, May 22nd from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Topics will include the college search and application process, financial aid, and ways to prepare for senior year. Please complete the Justice HS Junior Parent Coffee RSVP if you would like to attend. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

Counseling, College and Career Distance Learning Resources for Seniors and Juniors

Resources have been provided to help seniors and juniors, as they begin to explore and develop their postsecondary plans. Parents may access resources on the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Blackboard 24-7 pages. The resources provided on Blackboard and on the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 Google sites have been developed in collaboration with school staff and the Office of Counseling and College and Career Readiness.

NOVA Webinar For Parents: Preparing High School Graduates For College

Northern Virginia Community College’s president, Dr. Anne Kress, is inviting FCPS parents and/or guardians to an informational webinar on May 12, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Topics will include:

  • The new higher education landscape 
  • Next steps after high school 
  • Education options that can save families thousands of dollars 
  • Available financial aid and scholarship options 
  • Labor market demands and opportunities 
  • Transfer programs available at NOVA

Advance registration is required: https://vccs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ne2lgKfLS2mSx8u7drEiUw 

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Course Verification

All student course requests can be accessed through the SIS Parent Account. Please review these selected courses carefully with your child and should you find any errors, by Friday, June 5 please contact your child’s counselor by email or a signed and dated note explaining the error and how it should be corrected.

Last Day of Academy Courses

For students who take classes at one of the FCPS academies, the last day of academy classes for seniors will be Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The last day of academy classes for underclassmen will be Friday, June 5.

 

VDOE Partnership with Spanish-Language Radio Station Supports Learning for Students and Families

Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced that the Virginia Department of Education is partnering with Radio Poder WBTK 1380 AM, a Richmond Spanish-language station, to launch “Virginia: Educación en Radio,” the commonwealth’s first bilingual radio learning program. The program will feature prerecorded lessons in multiple subject areas to support continuity of learning for Spanish-speaking students in grades K-12 while schools are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The program will air Monday through Friday from 10:30-11 a.m., beginning on Friday, May 1, and run through the end of the month, with a possible extension into June. Programming on Fridays will focus on resources, activities and educational tips for families. A replay of each week’s lessons will be available on Saturdays from 4-6:30 p.m. WBTK Educación en Radio

Summer Learning

Registration is still open for online summer school courses. This includes Online Campus courses, the ESOL Language and Literacy Connections, and Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance. Summer registration for in-person courses such as the Credit Recovery Academy and FCPS institutes and camps is postponed until further notice. For more information, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/online-programs.  

Parent Resource Center (PRC)

The PRC has a “padlet” website for “Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources for Families.” https://padlet.com/valrieeisele/emotions. The PRC YouTube channel has new workshops added every month. Please check the FCPS Parent Resource Center website frequently as they will be adding new webinars. 

  • Motivating Responsible Behavior When Kids Are at Home 24/7: A Webinar for Families, Friday, May 15, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon (register)
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Justice Newsletter - May 3, 2020

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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Elenor Roosevelt

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

       We had a fantastic week of learning last week. Both synchronous and asynchronous learning are fully operational. We have so appreciated our community’s patience and support.

       Monday kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week. Though we can’t celebrate our teachers as we typically have as a school community, one of the best ways is to simply say thank you. We would love for our students, families and community members to complete this Google Form to share some words and stories about Justice teachers. With the feedback we receive, we will be creating a collage to surprise our teachers throughout the week. Also, please check out our twitter Teacher Appreciation Spirit Week. Please tag a teacher (or two) to let them know you are thinking of him/her.

 

       As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

8th Period Yoga Class

     Starting on May 7th, Justice High School is pleased to offer an optional 8th Period Yoga class from 1:30 to 2:15 on Thursdays for students and staff. Classes will be taught by Lisa Gunther, Librarian, and Ellie Burnett, English Teacher.  Lisa and Ellie teach yoga in and out of school, and are so happy to be able to continue integrating this practice of mindfulness and relaxation into the school day.

     Justice students and staff can login into 8th Period Yoga by following the steps below:

  • Go to FCPS Blackboard 24-7
  • Click on the Justice HS Library Course
  • Click on the Distance Learning Tab on Thursdays starting at 1:15

     Please email Lisa Gunther with any questions.  

Class Meetings

Our grade level class meetings were held on Friday, May 1st to provide students with important updates and answer questions. Please click on the links below to access the recordings of these sessions.

Senior Meeting

Junior Meeting

Sophomore Meeting

Freshman Meeting

Student Services Weekly Programming

This week’s Wellness Wednesday activity will give students concrete tips on developing healthy habits to help get us through difficult times. For this week’s Future Friday sessions, we will offer a session for juniors to start thinking about what they will write in their college essays. For an additional session, a representative from NOVA will be sharing about the two year college option and all that NOVA has to offer. Students will need to register for our upcoming Future Friday Sessions. Future Friday Registration Form Registration will close at 5pm the day before the session. Links to the session will be sent to students the night before the session. More information for both activities, and recent lessons, can be found on the counselor’s Google Classroom page.

Justice students selected as finalists for countywide Shark Tank design contest

For the second year in a row, Justice High School students were selected as finalists in the Fairfax County Office of Family Services annual “Shark Tank” design competition. Over 60 projects were submitted to the contest from high schools across the county.  The “Shark Tank” finalist teams were:

  • Said Guanca,  Narlin Perez, and Keyla Benavides created a “Magnifier Box” to assist seniors to participate in jewelry making.
  • Estefany Majano, Carlos Hernandez , and Hesmy Ramirez  created the “Cutting EZ Board,” to make meal prep safer and accessible.
  • Ottoniel Lopez, Gerberth Diaz, and Wilber Hernandez created a “Helper Robot” to retrieve and deliver items by remote control commands.
  • Yoali Sorto, Nicole Romero, Yesli Aguilar, Kevin Escobar created the “Expand-a-Cane,” a two-in-one cane and walker device.
  • Ervin Godinez, Cruz Soto, and Keiry Flores for the “Pooper Scooper Cane”, a cane which has a grabber to help seniors who walk their dogs. 
New Mentor Program Opportunity

We will be kicking off a new student mentorship program in the 2020-2021 school year and we are looking for close to 200 current sophomore and junior students who are interested in mentoring our incoming freshmen. Students, here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you might be a good fit. Are you typically seen as a role model? Are you often seen as a leader? Are you responsible and work well with others? Do you like making a difference in the lives of others? If so, please complete the JHS Mentor Program interest form

Intention for Next School Year Form

We need your help projecting our total enrollment for next school year. For families NOT returning to Justice High School in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form by Friday, June 5. Access the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” on the FCPS public website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms#intention-form. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable. Student ID Number may be left blank. Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send it to mlorozco@fcps.edu. Contact Madeline Orozco at 703-824-3922 or mlorozco@fcps.edu if you need assistance completing the form. 

IBMA Virtual College Fair

Several of the colleges and universities who were to attend the IBMA College Fair have come together in a Virtual College Fair, which is now live at http://www.ibmidatlantic.org/VF/VirtualFair.html. At this moment 17 international and 22 US colleges and universities have provided a short introductory video about their school and their IB policy.  These videos along with links to the school’s website and a contact person are provided for each university or college. Additional schools may be adding their information in the next few days. 

Junior Parent Coffee

Parents of current juniors are invited to join us for a virtual Junior Parent Coffee on Friday, May 22nd from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Topics will include the college search and application process, financial aid, and ways to prepare for senior year. Please complete the Justice HS Junior Parent Coffee RSVP if you would like to attend. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

Counseling, College and Career Distance Learning Resources for Seniors and Juniors

Resources have been provided to help seniors and juniors, as they begin to explore and develop their postsecondary plans. Parents may access resources on the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Blackboard 24-7 pages. The resources provided on Blackboard and on the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 Google sites have been developed in collaboration with school staff and the Office of Counseling and College and Career Readiness.

College Planning Night Follow Up

We have recorded our recent College Planning Night in Spanish which can be accessed here. College Planning Night Spanish Recording. In addition, the FAQ document was sent to parents through Naviance. Please contact Alicia Grande at grande@fcps.edu for more information

Course Verification

All student course requests can be accessed through the SIS Parent Account. Please review these selected courses carefully with your child and should you find any errors, by Friday, June 5 please contact your child’s counselor by email or a signed and dated note explaining the error and how it should be corrected.

Urban Alliance Internship - Current Sophomores/Rising Juniors

Are you interested in gaining work experience and building your resume? Urban Alliance is an organization that helps prepare students and is now accepting applications for their High School Internship Preparatory Program for next year! We will be hosting a virtual interest meeting on Wednesday, May 6 from 1:00-1:30pm. Please fill out this RSVP form if you're interested in attending. This is an opportunity for juniors to: attend job & life-skills workshop twice a week, receive $16 per workshop from November to June, receive personalized post high school planning support, and transition to 9-month paid internship as seniors. Students must be on track to graduate in 2022, have a GPA of 2.0 or above, and be available Tue & Thu, 3 - 4:30 PM, Nov-Jun. Apply to be an intern here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4801940. For more information contact your child’s counselor or Madison Cilluffo, Program Coordinator, at 571-612-0781 or mcilluffo@theurbanalliance.org

Urban Alliance Internship - Current Juniors/Rising Seniors

Are you interested in working a paid internship during your senior year? Urban Alliance is accepting applications for their High School Internship Program for next year! We are having a virtual interest meeting on Wednesday, May 6 from 1:30-2pm. Please fill out this RSVP form if you're interested in attending. This is an opportunity for you to earn up to $6,500 your senior year, attend six weeks long professional training, participate in a 9 months long paid internship, attend weekly Job & Life-Skills Workshop, receive personalized post high school planning support, and work full-time in the summer. To be eligible, you must be able to drop two electives next year during 6th and 7th period, be on track to graduate in 2021, have a GPA of 2.0 or above, be available 2-5 pm, Mon-Fri from Sep-Jun, and be available 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri from mid Jun-Jul end. If yes, go ahead and apply here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4801937. For more information, contact your counselor or Richa Bhattarai, Program Director - Northern Virginia at 703-268-0722 or rbhattarai@theurbanalliance.org.

Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now being accepted. Students must be interested in human and civil rights and attend a Fairfax County public high school. The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, May 6, 2020. For more information, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/humanrights/shrc

Class of 2020 Senior Survey

Each year, FCPS seniors complete a brief, 8-question online Survey at the end of their Senior year. The Senior Survey is located in Naviance Student and usually takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Through this process, seniors will indicate where Justice HS will send their final transcript. The Student Services team created resources to assist students with accessing and completing the survey.  All Senior Survey assistance resources will be posted in their counselor’s Google classrooms on Friday, May 1, 2020. In addition, the Student Services team has created a schedule for students to sign up to receive one-on-one assistance. Seniors are encouraged to start working on their survey once they have determined their post-secondary plan. The postsecondary plan information gathered in the FCPS Senior Survey provides valuable information for our school division as we work to support each student’s academic and career plan. The information received from the survey is annually reported to the Virginia Department of Education and the School Board. Students will also complete a Justice HS Senior Survey to provide feedback on Student Services programming. If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact your school counselor or Ms. Grande- agrande@fpcs.edu

Community Service Hours - Last Call for Senior Hours!

Service hours for seniors must be logged in x2VOL by Friday, May 8th to be eligible for the Service Learning Cord (40 hour requirement) or for the Board of Education's Excellence in Civics Education Seal (50 hour requirement, in addition to other criteria) on the diploma. Students may access their x2VOL account through their Naviance account (accessed through Blackboard). Once in Naviance, on the left side of the screen under resources, students can click “x2VOL” . The first time students use the program, they will need to complete their profile. 

Parent Workshops

The Parent Resource YouTube channel has new workshops being added every month. Please check the FCPS Parent Resource Center website frequently as they will be adding new webinars. 

  • Maintaining Wellness and School Supports During COVID-19: A Webinar for Families, May 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon. (register)
  • Motivating Responsible Behavior When Kids Are at Home 24/7: A Webinar for Families, Friday, May 15, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon (register)
NOVA JumpStart Program - Note from NOVA, 04/30/20

NOVA has faced a remarkable demand for our new JumpStart program, which is on track to exceed available seats well before the close of applications. We have heard from applying students and families, and it has quickly become clear that graduating seniors and their families are the ones who most need immediate access to these scholarships.  These new graduates are moving on to college in just a few months, facing growing concerns about the cost of college at a time of significant financial uncertainty. We want to assure that graduating seniors are able to make the most use of JumpStart, so as of today, we will limit the JumpStart program to the graduating class of 2020. NOVA will still honor the applications of all qualified juniors who applied on or before April 29, 2020.  The college recognizes that you may be disappointed with this change, but we also hope you understand that our goal is to serve the students in our community with most pressing needs to access the JumpStart scholarship.

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Justice Newsletter - April 26, 2020

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"Don’t count the days; make the days count." ~ Muhammad Ali

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

      Our students had a great week of asynchronous learning. Teachers reported lots of students turned in assignments, participated in office hours and collaborated with their peers. Please be sure that your child is checking the fcpsschools.net email for the latest information from teachers. Parents can check Blackboard 24/7 for student weekly grid assignments.

      Last week, our students received new Blackboard Collaborate links sent to their FCPS Gmail (@fcpsschools.net) accounts. All students were emailed unique login links for our Blackboard Collaborate sessions (synchronous) for each class period. The steps for students to use the new link are outlined in this video.These links will be used for all classroom instruction and teacher office hours moving forward. We encourage students to use this graphic organizer (available only through fcpsschools.net account) to organize all of the links.

       As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Student Reminders
  • The third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020. Continue to work with your teachers to make up third quarter missing/incomplete assignments and complete reassessments.
  • Keep checking the Justice HS Announcements page. If you log in to your Chrome Browser this page will show up automatically when you open Chrome.
  • Let us know if you need anything through the Student Needs form.
  • Read your fcpsschools.net emails through Gmail. This is where you will receive your links to the teacher sessions for your classes. If you are having a hard time finding your BBCU invitations, click the following URL when logged into your fcpsschools.net account to filter out all of the invitations for you. The inbox settings for Gmail will group Blackboard Collaborate Ultra invitations together in one thread. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=om#search/from%3Anotification-service%40bbcollab.com
Class Meetings

We will be holding virtual class meetings Friday, May 1st to provide students with important updates and answer questions that we have been receiving. Meeting details and a Class Meeting Information Google form for students to submit a specific question or suggest a topic for us to address were sent to students fcpsschools.net Gmail account. A recording of each class meeting will be available for those who are not able to attend. For more information, contact your counselor or administrator. 

Class of 2020 Updates

Thank you senior families for completing the graduation survey.  Your feedback was given to the FCPS c/o 2020 graduation planning committee.  They will consider your ideas and begin to finalize the plan for graduation.  As soon as final decisions and plans are available I will share them immediately.  The vast majority of seniors across the district expressed wanting to have some form of a live graduation.  The options for this are being explored by the committee

For now, we have purchased caps and gowns, cords, and diploma covers.  These items will be available to you regardless of the form graduation will take.  Once the final plans for graduation are complete we will know what the final costs will be for the senior class.  All unused senior dues will be reimbursed.

Student Services Weekly Programming

This week’s Wellness Wednesday activity will give students concrete tips on how to manage their stress. For this week’s Future Friday sessions, juniors can attend a face to face virtual session where they will hear about all the different parts and requirements for applying to college and learn more about the Common App, an application where students can apply to many schools from one place. More information for both activities, and recent lessons, can be found on the counselor’s Google Classroom page.

#celebrateyourplan

May 1 is National College Decision Day, the deadline for seniors to pick the college they will attend. Due to the current times, select schools have extended their decision deadline so seniors will need to check the notification deadline for their chosen school. To secure their spot, seniors will need to submit an admission/enrollment deposit. Each college admissions offer will outline what they require to secure your spot.

  • Waitlisted? If you were waitlisted at your #1 school, please inform the school that you would like to remain on the waitlist. Now that you are on the waitlist, you will need to start reviewing other admission offers. The reason for this is because you may not find out if you moved off the waitlist until after May 1, 2020 so you will need to accept admission at your #2 school. 
  • Want to go to NOVA but still need to apply? Click on the link to start the application -  Go to www.nvcc.edu and click on the “apply now” button.  
  • Still not sure what to do after high school?  Talk with your school counselor or Ms. Grande.

We will be celebrating this special day on Friday when seniors will be invited to contribute to a Google Slide presentation using the theme “Your Future is a Canvas ,Paint it Colorful”. The resources on the Class of 2020 Next Steps Google Site have been gathered to help FCPS seniors prepare for the transition from high school. In order to access, your child must be logged into their fcpsschools.net, G-suite account. 

Class of 2020 Senior Survey

Each year, FCPS seniors complete a brief, 8-question online Survey at the end of their Senior year. The Senior Survey is located in Naviance Student and usually takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Through this process, seniors will indicate where Justice HS will send their final transcript. The Student Services team created resources to assist students with accessing and completing the survey.  All Senior Survey assistance resources will be posted in their counselor’s Google classrooms on Friday, May 1, 2020. In addition, the Student Services team has created a schedule to provide one-on-one assistance to students who need it. 

Seniors are encouraged to start working on their survey once they have determined their post-secondary plan. The postsecondary plan information gathered in the FCPS Senior Survey provides valuable information for our school division as we work to support each student’s academic and career plan. The information received from the survey is annually reported to the Virginia Department of Education and the School Board. Students will also complete a Justice HS Senior Survey to provide feedback on Student Services programming. If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact your school counselor or Ms. Grande- agrande@fpcs.edu

Community Service Hours Senior Deadline

Service hours for seniors must be logged in x2VOL by April 30th to be eligible for the Service Learning Cord (40 hour requirement) or for the Board of Education's Excellence in Civics Education Seal (50 hour requirement, in addition to other criteria) on the diploma. Students may access their x2VOL account through their Naviance account (accessed through Blackboard). Once in Naviance, on the left side of the screen under resources, students can click “x2VOL” . The first time students use the program, they will need to complete their profile. 

Junior Parent Coffee

Parents of current juniors are invited to join us for a virtual Junior Parent Coffee on Friday, May 22nd from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Topics will include the college search and application process, financial aid, and ways to prepare for senior year. Please complete the Justice HS Junior Parent Coffee RSVP if you would like to attend. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

Congratulations to Justice GirlUp Club

The 2020 Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County, held Sunday, March 1, recognized high school junior and senior students at 24 public and two private high schools in the county who made a positive contribution to their school or wider community by promoting mutual understanding and respect for all people. Congratulations to Justice High School’s GirlUp club. They were honored for their work in menstrual equity.

Reimbursements/Refunds

       Parking passes and field trip fees will be refunded.  The process will take time as all refunds will be by check.  Parking fees will be prorated and refunded by FCPS. No additional steps will need to be taken by you.

 

Field Trip Refund Request Process

       FCPS understands this is a difficult time financially for many of our families. The Department of Financial Services has received various inquiries from schools and parents about the refund process for canceled field trips due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures.  Any field trip related reimbursements to FCPS are subject to contracts terms with travel brokers/vendors and non-refundable fees. These factors must be evaluated to determine potential balances available for refunds to students and parents. 

       Justice High School will settle each field trip with the travel broker/vendor to determine the amount (if any) available for field trip refunds. 

       For complete details, please click on to the links below:

Parent  Refund Letter:

Refund Request

Parent Response to Risky Student Behavior

During a time of disruption, students may find themselves feeling frustrated, isolated, or bored. They may turn to risky behaviors, including the use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.

Virtual supports are available from FCPS. Contact your school administrator or counselor who can refer you to your school-based substance abuse prevention specialist (SAPS). To learn more about the SAPS program, watch the six-minute FCPS video: Parent Presentation: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs. The presentation features SAPS program professionals who discuss risk factors that make some students more likely to abuse substances and how parents can influence student decisions. Do you have concerns about student vaping? Once again, your school counselor can help you. Also, you can watch Vaping: What Every Parent Should Know, a one-minute FCPS video. Get more information about the SAPS program and vaping.

Parent Workshops

The Parent Resource YouTube channel has new workshops being added every month. Please check the FCPS Parent Resource Center website frequently as they will be adding new webinars. 

  • Setting the Stage for Distance Learning Success: A Webinar for Parents, May 1, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon. (register)
NOVA JumpStart Program

During a time of unusual uncertainty, Northern Virginia Community College is pleased to announce a new program to help students JumpStart their college education. This summer, NOVA will offer a selection of online, tuition-free classes to 3,500 qualified rising high school seniors and those graduating this spring. Students must meet eligibility to apply for federal financial aid, meet placement requirements and understand there may be textbook or other material fees associated with certain courses.  Since these classes are all online, students will need access to a computer and the internet.    The online courses in the new JumpStart summer program have been selected because they fulfill NOVA degree requirements and transfer well to other colleges and universities. Also, in a new collaboration with Amazon Web Services, the JumpStart offerings will include an online course in Cloud Computing, providing students with their first step onto an in-demand, high-tech career pathway. These online courses are not intended to replace any 2020-2021 classes for which your student is already registered at their high school. Instead, the program provides an accelerated, accessible opportunity to earn transferable college only credits. JumpStart courses will not transfer to the FCPS transcript. Details about the JumpStart Program including placement requirements and material fees can be found by visiting the NOVA website Here.The first step is to apply to NOVA here. Students who have applied to NOVA previously may proceed directly to the JumpStart application. Within a day or so after students complete their NOVA application, they can use their assigned student ID number, username and password to apply to the JumpStart Program. 

We hope students will take advantage of this great opportunity. If you have any questions about this new program, email JumpStart@nvcc.edu. Here are the courses available in NOVA’s new JumpStart Online Program:

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Justice Newsletter - April 19, 2020

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"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." ~ Albert Einstein

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

        We were thrilled to hold our virtual College Planning Night this past week. Students and parents signed into Blackboard to hear about the college admissions process from our very own Justice HS Student Services staff as well as college representatives and a financial aid expert. For those of you who were not able to attend, you may view the recorded session: College Planning Night (1 hour, 32 minutes). The responses to the compiled frequently asked questions will be sent to parents through Naviance. Kudos for a successful event! 

        Last week, you and your family received a message from FCPS sharing the following information:

  • Blackboard was temporarily shut down for upgrades
  • The goal is to have all of our students following their virtual schedule on Tuesday, April 21
  • If it becomes clear that the upgrades did not fix the problem on Monday, teachers will be ready to teach our students asynchronously - meaning students will be able to access lessons through Google Classroom or some other means for the week while additional adjustments are made.  
  • For the best experience, please set Google Chrome as your default browser.
    • Here is a video on how to do that.
    • Launch Chrome: If you don’t have the Google Chrome browser, download it from Google at: https://www.google.com/chrome/
    • Paste the following into the URL window chrome://settings/defaultBrowser
    • Click Make Default
    • If prompted to choose an app, click Google Chrome and close the window

        If you do not want to set Chrome as your default browser, you will need to launch Chrome and cut and paste any links for Blackboard Learn (fcps.blackboard.edu) or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

        Our teachers at Justice High School are ready to engage with students and teach them all in a virtual environment.  Teachers have been working hard to finish up third quarter grading and kick-off the 4th quarter. We look forward to seeing our students virtually on Tuesday.

      I will update you on Monday should an alternative plan be needed.  

      As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

First Future Friday Session

The Student Services team held their first Future Friday session for juniors this past week. While the event could not be held live as initially planned, the recorded session was made available to juniors at the scheduled time through their counselor’s Google Classroom page. This session was geared towards our current juniors. However, the recording is available for all students to view: Future Friday Session #1 (37 minutes). Tune in every week for a new chapter of Future Friday Sessions.

Wellness Wednesdays

The Student Services team is excited to offer wellness Wednesday activities starting this week. The focus for this week will be resilience. Students will have an opportunity to share how they are adapting to our new reality and will learn ways to build resilience in themselves. Activities will be available through their counselor’s Google Classroom page and on the Justice HS Student Announcements page.

3rd Quarter Driver Education Students - Updated

Classroom driver education is included as part of grade 10 health and physical education and meets the requirement for juvenile licensing. As part of the licensing process, classroom driver education must provide 30 hours of face-to-face instruction. In third quarter, 15 class sessions were held before schools were closed. This is equal to 22.5 hours of instruction. For students to complete classroom driver education and have it meet the requirement for juvenile licensing, an additional 7.5 hours of instruction is required. This instruction will be delivered between April 14 and April 24. Meeting the 7.5 hours will require virtual instruction in addition to the 45-minute class sessions scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students wishing to complete 3rd quarter classroom driver education for juvenile licensing will need to:

  • Participate in scheduled 45-minute classes on either Tuesday or Thursday (April 14 and 21 OR April 16 and 23 with their regularly scheduled class)
  • Participate in 90-minute virtual classes on Wednesdays and Fridays (April 15, 20, 22, & 24)… PLEASE NOTE – April 20th (9am-10:30am) was added to make up for time missed on April 17th!

  • Complete class assignments and assessments to demonstrate knowledge and skills

In addition to the 30 hours of classroom instruction, juvenile licensing requires attendance by the student and parent/guardian at the 90-minute parent-teen traffic safety presentation, Partner’s for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD).

PSTD has been offered for 3rd quarter students. A make-up session will be held virtually on WEDNESDAY evenings at 6:30pm. Sign-up information will be available on your child's physical education Blackboard class site. Both student and parent/guardian must be present for the entire 90-minutes and attendance will be taken.

Students will receive two grades for third quarter. The first grade will be a letter grade (A,B,C,D,F) included as part of the cumulative grade for health and physical education. Determination of the 3rd quarter grade will align to the guidelines for all classes. Only work and assessments assigned prior to March 13th will be included in the student’s grade and students will have the opportunity to make-up missing assignments and assessments from prior to March 13th. Assignments and assessments between April 14 and April 24 will not be graded. However, not completing the assignments/assessments may result in not completing the licensing requirements and not being eligible for a DEC-District 8 card.

The separate driver education grade is recorded as pass, fail, or incomplete. A pass will be recorded for students who successfully complete classroom driver education including 30 hours of instruction, mastery of content, and attendance at PSTD. An incomplete will be recorded for students who do not complete the 7.5 hours of virtual instruction, complete assignments between April 14 and April 24, and/or do not attend PSTD. A fail will be recorded for students who do not pass classroom driver education as indicated by the quarter health and physical education grade.

Due to FCPS buildings being closed and current safety concerns, DEC-District 8 cards will not be issued at the end of 3rd quarter. Information on distribution of cards will be provided when it becomes available. For more information, please contact Brian Garvey at BDGarvey@fcps.edu or your child's physical education teacher.

Social-Emotional and Wellness Resources for Families

School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers are available to support students, families and staff during distance learning. They are supporting students, families and staff in many of the same ways as they did prior to distance learning, but it may look different now. See below for more info. Parents are encouraged to share their ideas for keeping children active and engaged through the FCPS Healthy Minds blog

Community Service Hours Senior Deadline

Service hours for seniors must be logged in x2VOL by April 24th to be eligible for the Service Learning Cord (40 hour requirement) or for the Board of Education's Excellence in Civics Education Seal (50 hour requirement, in addition to other criteria) on the diploma. Students may access their x2VOL account through their Naviance account (accessed through Blackboard). Once in Naviance, on the left side of the screen under resources, students can click “x2VOL” . The first time students use the program, they will need to complete their profile. 

The State Council for Higher Education for Virginia

SCHEV has compiled some information to assist students, parents, colleges and universities navigate through these challenging times. Available on the Higher Ed and COVID-19 page, students and parents may view Virginia and national virtual college tours, guidance for student loans, and links to the COVID-specific websites of Virginia institutions. 

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Even though school is paused, the yearbook has not! Books will still be printed and distributed for the 2019-2020 school year. Help preserve your child’s memory of the year by purchasing a yearbook! You can do so by going to www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118. Please email Danielle Pierce at dpierce@fcps.edu with any questions.

Coronavirus Updates

For consistency and clarity in messaging, we will stay focused on what FCPS sends to families. This will eliminate multiple messages and will decrease chances of error or confusion. If there is information particularly unique to the entire the Justice community, I will be sure to keep you informed.

For information please go to the coronavirus webpage

Parent Workshops

The Parent Resource YouTube channel has new workshops being added every month. The check the Please check the FCPS Parent Resource Center website frequently as they will be adding new webinars. 

  • How to Keep Distracted Kids in “Study Mode” (Even if They Have ADHD): A Webinar for Parents, Friday, April 24, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon (register)
  • Setting the Stage for Distance Learning Success: A Webinar for Parents, May 1, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon. (register)
Mental Health Resources

During these uncertain times, students and families may be feeling anxious. Mental Health Resources and 24/7 Emergency Numbers are available on the Justice HS website. Below are some additional resources to help guide families. 

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice! Quick Links

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Attendance: 703.824.3920 | Web 

Justice Newsletter - April 12, 2020

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“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis 

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families

    

We are ready for distance learning and Tuesday cannot come fast enough.  Many teachers have been practicing with their students, and the emails and Twitter postings of reconnecting have been exciting to read and share.  Please remind your child to log in on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. 

Last week I shared a short video explaining our distance learning plan. Here is the link in case you missed it.

Finally, below you will find detailed information about our approach to distance learning, how students and families can access distance learning and other resources. 

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Justice HS Distance Learning

We are ready for Distance Learning. We will do this by 1) Providing scheduled synchronous class time using BB Collaborate. 2) Posting assignments via FCPS 24/7 Blackboard for students to complete asynchronously. 3) Advertising “office hours” for individualized instruction and support throughout the week.

 

Asynchronous learning does not occur in the same place or at the same time. Examples are prerecorded video lessons. learning tasks that students complete on their own—that is not being delivered in person or in real time. Asynchronous learning may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges between teachers and students, online discussion boards such as padlet, and the FCPS course management systems that organize instructional materials and correspondence, such as Blackboard/Google Classroom. Asynchronous learning will also have virtual office hours for students to get help from their teachers

 

Synchronous learning is a general term for learning that occurs in real time, but not in the same place. Synchronous learning is where the teacher will be providing ongoing instruction of essential skills and knowledge within the content. Blackboard collaborate Ultra will be used to accomplish this. For Justice, this will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    • All sessions will be recorded and made available to students who cannot attend during the scheduled time

Distance Learning Week-at-a-Glance - To communicate synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities to students and families, we will be using week at a glance grid for each class. This will allow students to manage their time and pace their work.

Blackboard will be the main entry point for Distance Learning throughout FCPS. Students will first login to Blackboard and look for their assigned classroom pages. They will then click on the course announcement page, where they can find their assignments and other information.

 

Office Hours - All teachers will be available via email every day and will do their best to respond to families within a 24-hour time period to provide support. In addition, teachers have set office hours. Please see school schedule on specific teacher Blackboard pages for office hours. In addition, we have additional instructional support staff, should your child not be able to access his/her teacher during specific times. Please have your child click on the student scheduling (students must be signed into their fcpsschools.net account) form to access additional support.

 

Our Student Announcement Page  (students must be signed into their fcpsschools.net account) has been updated to include all of the above resources and more distance learning information. As the distance-learning needs of our students evolve, we will continue to develop this platform.  

3rd Quarter Driver Education Students - Updated

Classroom driver education is included as part of grade 10 health and physical education and meets the requirement for juvenile licensing. As part of the licensing process, classroom driver education must provide 30 hours of face-to-face instruction. In third quarter, 15 class sessions were held before schools were closed. This is equal to 22.5 hours of instruction. For students to complete classroom driver education and have it meet the requirement for juvenile licensing, an additional 7.5 hours of instruction is required. This instruction will be delivered between April 14 and April 24. Meeting the 7.5 hours will require virtual instruction in addition to the 45-minute class sessions scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students wishing to complete 3rd quarter classroom driver education for juvenile licensing will need to:

  • Participate in scheduled 45-minute classes on either Tuesday or Thursday (April 14 and 21 OR April 16 and 23 with their regularly scheduled class)
  • Participate in 90-minute virtual classes on Wednesdays and Fridays (April 15, 17, 22, & 24)
  • Complete class assignments and assessments to demonstrate knowledge and skills

In addition to the 30 hours of classroom instruction, juvenile licensing requires attendance by the student and parent/guardian at the 90-minute parent-teen traffic safety presentation, Partner’s for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD).

PSTD has been offered for 3rd quarter students. A make-up session will be held virtually on WEDNESDAY evenings at 6:30pm. Sign-up information will be available on your child's physical education Blackboard class site. Both student and parent/guardian must be present for the entire 90-minutes and attendance will be taken.

Students will receive two grades for third quarter. The first grade will be a letter grade (A,B,C,D,F) included as part of the cumulative grade for health and physical education. Determination of the 3rd quarter grade will align to the guidelines for all classes. Only work and assessments assigned prior to March 13th will be included in the student’s grade and students will have the opportunity to make-up missing assignments and assessments from prior to March 13th. Assignments and assessments between April 14 and April 24 will not be graded. However, not completing the assignments/assessments may result in not completing the licensing requirements and not being eligible for a DEC-District 8 card.

The separate driver education grade is recorded as pass, fail, or incomplete. A pass will be recorded for students who successfully complete classroom driver education including 30 hours of instruction, mastery of content, and attendance at PSTD. An incomplete will be recorded for students who do not complete the 7.5 hours of virtual instruction, complete assignments between April 14 and April 24, and/or do not attend PSTD. A fail will be recorded for students who do not pass classroom driver education as indicated by the quarter health and physical education grade.

Due to FCPS buildings being closed and current safety concerns, DEC-District 8 cards will not be issued at the end of 3rd quarter. Information on distribution of cards will be provided when it becomes available. For more information, please contact Brian Garvey at BDGarvey@fcps.edu or your child's physical education teacher.

Library Books

Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue, and they can be returned when school buildings re-open. Don’t forget to check Blackboard for ebooks available for you to check out or listen to. Happy reading!

Virtual College Planning Night

College Planning Night is back on and will be held virtually on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm. Parents and students are invited to hear about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their students in the college process. Registration is required by submitting the Justice HS College Planning Night RSVP form by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Blackboard Collaborate details will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours before the event. There is a limit of 250 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, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

FCPS to Host the Interview Tips & Tricks with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Blackboard Collaborate Session

High school seniors interested in learning about a unique work-based learning (WBL) summer program offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) are invited to attend a Blackboard Collaborate virtual event for interested students on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to learn about interviewing techniques, resume tips, and hear first-hand what AWS recruiters are looking for during the application and the interview process. The program consists of on-the-job training during a 12- week time period, where trainees will work in data centers. No prior work experience is required, as all relevant training will be provided during the program. Students can RSVP and see more information about the program on the AWS summer program page. Interested students must be 18 years old when applying for any of the available positions.

Community Service Hours Senior Deadline

Service hours for seniors must be logged in x2VOL by April 24th to be eligible for the Service Learning Cord (40 hour requirement) or for the Board of Education's Excellence in Civics Education Seal (50 hour requirement, in addition to other criteria) on the diploma. Students may access their x2VOL account through their Naviance account (accessed through Blackboard). Once in Naviance, on the left side of the screen under resources, students can click “x2VOL” . The first time students use the program, they will need to complete their profile. 

The State Council for Higher Education for Virginia

SCHEV has compiled some information to assist students, parents, colleges and universities navigate through these challenging times. Available on the Higher Ed and COVID-19 page, students and parents may view Virginia and national virtual college tours, guidance for student loans, and links to the COVID-specific websites of Virginia institutions. 

Future Friday Lessons

Beginning on Friday, April 17th, on Fridays at 10:00 am the Student Services department will be offering Future Friday lessons for juniors to help prepare students for life after high school. The first session will focus on counselor supports and Justice HS resources. These synchronous virtual sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend. More information will be available through the Justice HS Announcements page that students access through their @fcpsschools.net email address. 

Wellness Wednesday Lessons

Beginning Wednesday, April 22nd, the Student Services department will be offering Wellness Wednesday lessons for all students. These lessons will help students manage their emotions and feelings during these uncertain times. These virtual lessons will be recorded for students to access at any time. More information will be available through the Justice HS Announcements page that students access through their @fcpsschools.net email address. 

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Even though school is paused, the yearbook has not! Books will still be printed and distributed for the 2019-2020 school year. Help preserve your child’s memory of the year by purchasing a yearbook! You can do so by going to www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118. Please email Danielle Pierce at dpierce@fcps.edu with any questions.

Coronavirus Updates

For consistency and clarity in messaging, we will stay focused on what FCPS sends to families. This will eliminate multiple messages and will decrease chances of error or confusion. If there is information particularly unique to the entire the Justice community, I will be sure to keep you informed.

For information please go to the coronavirus webpage

Mental Health Resources

During these uncertain times, students and families may be feeling anxious. Mental Health Resources and 24/7 Emergency Numbers are available on the Justice HS website. Below are some additional resources to help guide families. 

Food Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing "grab and go" breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Below are the nearest locations to Justice: 

  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Graham Road Elementary School, 2831 Graham Rd., Falls Church
  • Weyanoke Elementary School, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult meals are available for purchase for $2. Check out the "Coronavirus Update - Food Resources for Families" for the latest information and other "pop-up" and grab and go locations.

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice! Quick Links

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

Justice Newsletter - April 5, 2020

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"I dwell in possibility." ~ Emily Dickinson

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families, 

      Happy Sunday! I am hopeful that you all are staying safe and doing well.  Last week was very busy for our Justice teachers and staff.  You should have started to hear from your child's teachers. You will likely hear from some over the next week. Please check your course Blackboard classroom pages for information. 

     Last Monday, our staff returned to a virtual setting to begin planning for distance learning. With an abundance of Blackboard Collaborate sessions and Google Meets and Hangouts, we are all anxiously and excitedly awaiting our launch date of April 14th.

      Below, there is lots of information regarding the FCPS and Justice Distance Learning Plan. I also made a short video to help facilitate the information. You may access it by clicking here.

Distance Learning

     The three prongs to the FCPS Distance Learning Plan include the following: (1) access to high-quality academic support; (2) social-emotional support; and (3)wellness support.

      Access to High-Quality Academic Support

     At Justice, our teachers worked and continue to work with their collaborative learning teams and departments to ensure that the learning opportunities we are presenting are equitable. Your child’s teachers will be able to give an overview during the first week of distance learning.  

Daily Schedule

     Learning will happen both synchronously and asynchronously. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, teachers will teach online with their respective classes, using Blackboard Collaborate (synchronously). These sessions will be recorded for students who cannot attend.

     On Wednesdays and Fridays, students will work independently on learning opportunities for each class, review videos and resources, and more (asynchronously). In addition, teachers and counselors will have office hours. Students may consult with their teachers during designated times. Counselors will  be available throughout the day so that students can connect with a counselor for social emotional support. We also identified additional instructional staff to be available for instructional student support. All teacher/counselor office hours will be posted on the student announcement page (only students can access) and on teacher specific Blackboard pages (parents can access) by 4/13.

     Students should plan on engaging in distance learning for approximately 3 hours/day.

     Our teachers are working collaboratively to plan lessons that reinforce essential skills, provide learning opportunities according to the Standards of Learning and content pacing for fourth quarter, and prepare students for the next level or subsequent course. Given the limited amount of time, it is very important that you remind your students to attend and participate fully.

      Our weekly schedule is as follows:

Grading

     Third quarter ended on March 13th and the 3rd quarter grading window to finalize grades has been extended to April 24th. If an assignment or assessment was completed prior to March 13th, but not yet entered into the gradebook, the teacher may enter the assignment and count it towards the 3rd quarter overall grade. Additionally, teachers may provide opportunities for students to demonstrate understanding of content taught to raise their third quarter grade. Teachers will be working with their students on any reassessment opportunities and missing assignments.

      FCPS is still working to finalize the plan for 4th quarter grading and reporting. The only certain guidance is that high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript. Once FCPS finalizes a plan, I will share it with the community.

Student Technology Support

     Our Student Announcement Page  (students must be signed into their fcpsschools.net account) has been updated to include distance learning information. Students can access a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tutorial and guides to FAQs. Also available is a student scheduling Google Doc: Students can make a copy and save it to their desktop. It gives our students a method of organizing Blackboard links by period and easily viewing office hours for our teachers. As the distance-learning needs of our students evolve, we will continue to develop this platform.  

Special Considerations

      For parents of students with IEPs and 504s who have meetings scheduled or upcoming due dates, we will work to convene meetings in the coming weeks using a conference line as quickly as possible.  

Social Emotional Support

        As we transition to this distance learning model of instruction, we are also focused on supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. Our Student Services team will be collaborating with our teachers during this transition, but please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s counselor if you need any assistance.

           FCPS 2020 Mental Wellness Consultations provide guidance for parents and support for students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time, and to connect parents and students with available community resources. The consultation can be for the parent or the student. Linked here is the scheduling form.

Wellness

      Staying connected, healthy, and active is important for our entire school community. Within the Middle and High School Resources tab under the Continuity of Learning section in Blackboard, there are multiple exercise schedules and ideas for students and families. Though we are practicing social distancing, many of the activity calendars provided can easily be done at home. There are also adapted exercises available to our students as well.

       Last, I want to address the families who have a senior this year. Our seniors have worked so hard to reach this point and we want them to be able to participate in all of the traditions they have anticipated. Unfortunately, world events have made our original plans impossible. Please be assured that the faculty and staff of Justice high school are working to incorporate as many traditions as feasible into our plans.  While many of these virtual events may not be ideal, we still want to help our students make these memories. We hope to create new and happy memories.

.      As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

3rd Quarter Driver Education Students

Following guidance from VDOE, FCPS has laid out a plan to ensure that students who were sitting in Drivers Education class during the 3rd quarter can still receive credit. The Code of Virginia requires a mandatory number of “seat hours” in order for students to receive credit towards licensing. In order to meet this requirement the following has been outlined by FCPS…

  • 30 hours of instruction is required for licensing.  Before schools were closed, 22.5 hours of instruction occurred. 
  • To complete driver education teachers must:
    • Provide an additional 7.5 hours of instruction 
    • Ensure all modules in the Curriculum & Administrative Guide for Driver Education are instructed
  • In addition to the 45-minute virtual class on Tuesday/Thursday an additional 90 minutes of instruction will need to be scheduled on Wednesday and Friday (180 minutes total).
  • Teachers will keep a record of attendance and completion of the 30 hours. 

Ms. Burgess (Ms. White’s base students) and Mr. McAvoy (Ms. Coleman’s base students) were the instructors for drivers education during 3rd Quarter. They will continue the third quarter Driver Education instruction starting April 14th. Students should be receiving an email through their FCPS account from their teacher and will be instructed at that time of what their schedule will be like to ensure that they meet the 30 hour requirement. Driver education students can expect to have synchronous learning sessions Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the weeks of 4/14 and 4/24. The Wednesday and Friday sessions will be combined with both Burgess and McAvoy’s classes.

Students! Check Your Email!

Students: We have been sending important information to you through your @fcpsschools.net email address. Please make sure that you are checking your @fcpsschools.net email on a regular basis so that you can stay up to date with recent news from the school, your teachers, and counselors.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving

Virginia juvenile licensing procedure requires that students completing classroom driver education attend a 90-minute parent/teen traffic safety program with their parent or guardian. To fulfill this requirement, Fairfax County Public Schools offers Partners for Safe Teen Driving. Due to the school closures, FCPS is unable to offer the traditional on site PSTD sessions. Justice High School will begin offering these virtually on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. More information will be forthcoming from teachers with links and specifics.

Students! Check your Blackboard Account

Teachers are sending important information via Blackboard. Students, please be sure that your Blackboard account is associated with your fcspsschools.net account or an account you check regularly. Please follow these steps to check your account status.

  1. Log into Blackboard. 
  2. Under “Tools,” click on “Personal Information.”
  3. Make sure the email address is for the email account (personal or school) you use most.
  4. Click the Submit button in the lower right.
Virtual College Planning Night

College Planning Night is back on and will be held virtually on Thursday, April 16th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Sign up information and details will be coming next week. Parents are invited to hear about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their students in the college process. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

Future Friday Lessons

Beginning on Friday, April 17th, on Fridays at 10:00 am the Student Services department will be offering Future Friday lessons for juniors to help prepare students for life after high school. The first session will focus on counselor supports and Justice HS resources. These synchronous virtual sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend. More information will be available through the Justice HS Announcements page that students access through their @fcpsschools.net email address. 

Wellness Wednesday Lessons

Beginning Wednesday, April 22nd, the Student Services department will be offering Wellness Wednesday lessons for all students. These lessons will help students manage their emotions and feelings during these uncertain times. These virtual lessons will be recorded for students to access at any time. More information will be available through the Justice HS Announcements page that students access through their @fcpsschools.net email address. 

FCPS Cable Channels

Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. Find out what is available online at What's On

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Even though school is paused, the yearbook has not! Books will still be printed and distributed for the 2019-2020 school year. Help preserve your child’s memory of the year by purchasing a yearbook! You can do so by going to www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118. Please email Danielle Pierce at dpierce@fcps.edu with any questions.

Scholarship Deadlines & Transcripts

Students are encouraged to reach out directly to scholarship sponsors and/or check the scholarship webpage(s) to inquire about any potential deadline extensions, as necessary. Please contact your school counselor if you need assistance sending a transcript to a scholarship sponsor. Due to the impact of the coronavirus on students and school attendance, the Justice High School Scholarship Fund has extended the deadline for scholarship applications by six days. The new deadline to submit applications is midnight on Monday, April 13, 2020. https://www.jhsscholars.org/.

Coronavirus Updates

For consistency and clarity in messaging, we will stay focused on what FCPS sends to families. This will eliminate multiple messages and will decrease chances of error or confusion. If there is information particularly unique to the entire the Justice community, I will be sure to keep you informed.

For information please go to the coronavirus webpage

Mental Health Resources

During these uncertain times, students and families may be feeling anxious. Mental Health Resources and 24/7 Emergency Numbers are available on the Justice HS website. Below are some additional resources to help guide families. 

Food Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing "grab and go" breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Below are the nearest locations to Justice: 

  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Graham Road Elementary School, 2831 Graham Rd., Falls Church
  • Weyanoke Elementary School, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult meals are available for purchase for $2. Check out the "Coronavirus Update - Food Resources for Families" for the latest information and other "pop-up" and grab and go locations.

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice! Quick Links

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

Justice Newsletter - March 29, 2020

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"You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice ."

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families, 

      I hope that you have had an opportunity to read the Distance Learning Plan information (fcps.edu) sent out by Dr. Brabrand dated March 27th.

      Our attention is now on how we provide meaningful distance learning opportunities for students. Last week our staff participated in phenomenal staff development sessions using technology tools to support and enhance virtual learning. I will be meeting virtually with staff early Monday morning to kick off our content specific planning sessions.

      Justice faculty and staff are excited in planning for synchronous (virtual teacher directed) and asynchronous (subject area office hours-student directed) instruction, which will begin after spring break on Tuesday, April 14th. Students are advised to begin working to update their grades/work for 3rd quarter (up to 3/13). The goal is to continue to give students and teachers time to finalize 3rd quarter grades.  See "Grading Update" below for more information. More information about Justice’s Distance Learning Plan (DLP) will be shared soon. 

      As always, please feel free to reach out to me, if you have questions.

Students! Check Your Email!

Students: We have been sending important information to you through your @fcpsschools.net email address. Please make sure that you are checking your @fcpsschools.net email on a regular basis so that you can stay up to date with recent news from the school, your teachers, and counselors.

#ShineOnJustice Week

Join us celebrating our virtual Shine On week, a week of positivity and happiness in loving memory of a Justice HS alumna, Casey Schulman. Shine On week is a special tradition for the Justice High School community and we feel continuing this is important. Our students in the Leadership classes and many of our clubs and athletic teams are leading the daily spirit activities for Shine On week and we invite the Justice Pyramid to join us in participating as we offer virtual activities this week. When you post to social media, be sure to use #ShineOnJustice. and  tag us on Twitter @justicehswolves.

Grading Update

3rd Quarter Grading Update - The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS and Justice High School to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. 

 

4th Quarter Grading - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript.  

 

Graduation Standards Update - The Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, James Lane announced this week that high school seniors who were on track to earn a diploma later this spring will be able to graduate. High school seniors in the following categories will be able to graduate on time:

  • Seniors currently enrolled in a course for which they need a standard or verified credit in order to graduate (verified credits are earned by passing a required course and also passing the associated Standards of Learning test);
  • Seniors who have successfully completed a course required for graduation, but have not earned the associated verified credit; 
  • Seniors who have not passed a required student-selected SOL test;

Flexibility is also available for seniors who have not earned a required career and technical education credential, seniors who have not completed a fine or performing arts course or CTE course, seniors who were unable to complete sequential course requirements, and seniors who have not completed a course in economics and personal finance.

Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering - Outstanding Wolves

Last week, the 65th annual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair virtually showcased over 400 high school science projects. Via recorded videos, over 600 students presented their research projects in a wide variety of science and engineering fields. Projects were judged by over 150 professionals and 40 professional organizations and businesses. Congratulations to the following Justice students:

2nd Place:

Biomedical Engineering: Andrew Tran (11th grade) – Opidroid: A Fully Autonomous Dynamic Opioid Administration Platform for Post Operative Pain Remediation

Physical Energy: Azlan Choudhry & Omar Shayeb (10th grade) – Energy Conversion from Sound to Electricity

 

3rd Place:

Chemical Energy: Mario Solis & Mohtashin Talukder (10th grade) – Different Metals on Conductivity of Microbial Fuel Cells

Earth & Environmental Sciences:  Sundus Ahmed, Makda Dejene, & Sumaya Ga’al (10th grade) – Algae and Its Roll in Climate Change

 

Honorable Mention:

Cellular & Molecular Biology: Amber Christensen & Isabela Jesse (11th grade) – The Effect of Local Northern Virginian Honey and Commercial Manuka Honey on E. coli

Chemistry: Teddy Cohen & Maximilian Van Zandt (10th grade) – Water Electrolysis

Physics & Astronomy: Bereket Bessie (11th grade) – The Effect of Temperature on the Stretch of a Nickel Titanium Metal Spring

Physics & Astronomy: Ahmed Abbas & Hieu Vu (11th grade) – The Effect of Different Dimensions of Wood on a Boomilever’s Efficiency

 

News from the Art Room

Congratulations to Miranda Kashynski. Miranda earned a National Scholastic Award! Her digital artwork, Glass Floor, earned a Silver Medal at the National Scholastic Art Competition

FCPS Cable Channels

Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. Find out what is available online at What's On

Senior Letter Posted

The Senior Letter has been posted on the Justice HS website here - Senior Letter 2020. This letter includes important information and dates for upcoming senior activities. We will keep this page updated if there are any changes. 

Scholarship Deadlines & Transcripts

Students are encouraged to reach out directly to scholarship sponsors and/or check the scholarship webpage(s) to inquire about any potential deadline extensions, as necessary. Please contact your school counselor if you need assistance sending a transcript to a scholarship sponsor. Due to the impact of the coronavirus on students and school attendance, the Justice High School Scholarship Fund has extended the deadline for scholarship applications by six days. The new deadline to submit applications is midnight on Monday, April 13, 2020. https://www.jhsscholars.org/.

FCPS Shares Information for AP, IB Students

FCPS staff members are working closely with officials from the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) program and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) regarding the evolving impact of school closures on AP/IB instruction and testing. The following links will provide the latest updates from the AP and IB programs.

Coronavirus Updates

For consistency and clarity in messaging, we will stay focused on what FCPS sends to families. This will eliminate multiple messages and will decrease chances of error or confusion. If there is information particularly unique to the entire the Justice community, I will be sure to keep you informed.

For information please go to the coronavirus webpage

Mental Health Resources

During these uncertain times, students and families may be feeling anxious. Mental Health Resources and 24/7 Emergency Numbers are available on the Justice HS website. Below are some additional resources to help guide families. 

Food Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing "grab and go" breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Below are the nearest locations to Justice: 

  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Graham Road Elementary School, 2831 Graham Rd., Falls Church
  • Weyanoke Elementary School, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult meals are available for purchase for $2. Check out the "Coronavirus Update - Food Resources for Families" for the latest information and other "pop-up" and grab and go locations.

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice! Quick Links

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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus

A Note from Principal Eck

As we enter the second week of the state-mandated COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency school closure, I hope you and your family are well and staying healthy. I know how incredibly difficult it is to find ways to establish new routines while navigating through the uncertainty of this challenging and rapidly evolving health crisis. Although it is such a stressful and uncertain time, each time I receive an email from a Justice member offering to help, it reminds me of the strength and bond we share as a Justice community.

 

With that in mind, plans are currently being developed to hold a virtual Shine On week, a week of positivity and happiness to honor a Justice HS alumna, Casey Schulman. Shine On week is a special tradition for the Justice High School community and we feel continuing this is important. Our students in the Leadership classes and many of our clubs and athletic teams were actively planning activities for Shine On week and we invite the Justice Pyramid to join us in participating as we offer virtual activities next week. When you post to social media, be sure to use #ShineOnJustice. Stay tuned to @justicehswolves on Twitter or contact Megan Neforos, for more information.

 

According to FCPS, if we are not able to return to school on April 14, then we will begin countywide distance learning. We are in the beginning stages of this preparation. Our staff is working together to embrace this new way of teaching and learning with the same passion and drive towards excellence. 

 

Take care of your families and loved ones and as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Coronavirus Updates

For consistency and clarity in messaging, we will stay focused on what FCPS sends to families. This will eliminate multiple messages and will decrease chances of error or confusion. If there is information particularly unique to the entire the Justice community, I will be sure to keep you informed.

For information please go to the coronavirus webpage

Optional Learning Activities

For the first two weeks of the school closure, learning opportunities can be found on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard).  You can also access resources by clicking here.

Reading Resources

One of the most beneficial academic activities you can have your child do at this time is read for at least 30 minutes each day and then talk with your child regarding what they read. With the online resources we have, you can read as a family too! Below is information regarding ways students can access reading materials.

  • Students can access the FCPS online catalog to find electronic books, audio books, and lots of other resources from any computer from the following link: Click here for additional eBook and audiobook sources (MyON, Tumblebooks).
  • The Library Catalog has a new look and lots of cool features, INCLUDING eBook and audiobook access to high interest and newly released YA lit.   After you click the book to open it, you will be prompted to LOGIN.  Use your school computer login (ID number/password).

FCPS Cable Channels

Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. Find out what is available online at What's On

Self-Directed Online Economics and Personal Finance (EPF)

Due to school closures and numerous parent requests, FCPS is opening the summer session of the self-directed EPF course early. Only one session will be offered, which will run from March 30 – July 31, 2020. Students have until July 31, 2020 to complete the course. Students who have already registered (for either summer session) prior to 3/27/20 will receive their login information by March 27, 2020 at their fcpsschools.net email account. Students who register after 3/27/20 will receive their login information within a week of registering. If you previously registered for Summer Session 1 your registration has been accepted. The Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance course requires students to complete work without direct teacher instruction. Register here until June 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Junior Focus Day

Due to the number of cancellations from outside presenters, our Junior Focus Day event which was planned for Thursday, April 16th is cancelled. The Student Services team will develop virtual sessions that students will be able to access to continue planning for their post-high school options. More information will be sent no later than April 20th.

College Planning Night

Since activities are currently cancelled until April 12, our College Planning Night is still scheduled for Thursday, April 16 from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Little Theatre. Parents are invited to hear about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their students in the college process. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

Senior Letter Posted

The Senior Letter has been posted on the Justice HS website here - Senior Letter 2020. This letter includes important information and dates for upcoming senior activities. We will keep this page updated if there are any changes. 

Scholarship Deadlines & Transcripts

Students are encouraged to reach out directly to scholarship sponsors and/or check the scholarship webpage(s) to inquire about any potential deadline extensions, as necessary. Please contact your school counselor if you need assistance sending a transcript to a scholarship sponsor. Due to the impact of the coronavirus on students and school attendance, the Justice High School Scholarship Fund has extended the deadline for scholarship applications by six days. The new deadline to submit applications is midnight on Monday, April 13, 2020. https://www.jhsscholars.org/.

FCPS Shares Information for AP, IB Students

FCPS staff members are working closely with officials from the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) program and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) regarding the evolving impact of school closures on AP/IB instruction and testing. The following links will provide the latest updates from the AP and IB programs.

Mental Health Resources

During these uncertain times, students and families may be feeling anxious. Mental Health Resources and 24/7 Emergency Numbers are available on the Justice HS website. Below are some additional resources to help guide families. 

Food Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing "grab and go" breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Below are the nearest locations to Justice: 

  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Graham Road Elementary School, 2831 Graham Rd., Falls Church
  • Weyanoke Elementary School, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult meals are available for purchase for $2. Check out the "Coronavirus Update - Food Resources for Families" for the latest information and other "pop-up" and grab and go locations.

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice! Quick Links

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Attendance: 703.824.3920 | Web 

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“One word of encouragement can be enough to spark someone’s motivation to continue with a difficult challenge.”Roy T. Bennett

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,     

      Today it was announced that all FCPS school buildings are closed until further notice.  Food distribution at FCPS sites will continue as scheduled.  More details about the food program are listed below.  The scheduled opportunity for students and staff to retrieve their belongings has been postponed. Student and staff well-being is paramount, and we will find ways to give students access to the building as soon as we are able to safely do so. 

      FCPS has made plans to provide continuity of learning during this break. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction.  Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and are available at www.fcps.edu.   Again, these activities are not required, nor graded. 

     Please take care of yourself and your family. As always, please continue to reach out with questions you may have and/or support you may need. 

Coronavirus Updates

For consistency and clarity in messaging, we will stay focused on what FCPS sends to families. This will eliminate multiple messages and will decrease chances of error or confusion. If there is information particularly unique to the entire the Justice community, I will be sure to keep you informed.

For information please go to the coronavirus webpage

Free Internet Access

Comcast and Cox are providing free or low cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more:

Comcast Free Internet

Cox Free Internet

Optional Learning Activities

For the first two weeks of the school closure, learning opportunities can be found on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard).  Stay tuned for more updates about distance learning.

Reading Resources

One of the most beneficial academic activities you can have your child do at this time is read for at least 30 minutes each day and then talk with your child regarding what they read. With the online resources we have, you can read as a family too! Below is information regarding ways students can access reading materials.

  • Students can access the FCPS online catalog to find electronic books, audio books, and lots of other resources from any computer from the following link: Click here for additional eBook and audiobook sources (MyON, Tumblebooks).
  • The Library Catalog has a new look and lots of cool features, INCLUDING eBook and audiobook access to high interest and newly released YA lit.   After you click the book to open it, you will be prompted to LOGIN.  Use your school computer login (ID number/password).

FCPS Cable Channels

Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. Find out what is available online at What's On

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, IT will be pushing out emails to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. Please sign up if you do not have an account. Click here for more information.

3rd Quarter Grading

FCPS is currently working to address decisions about grading for 3rd quarter and more information will be shared as soon as possible.

Food Distribution

Beginning tomorrow, March 16, we are expanding the grab and go food distribution sites to a total of 18 locations.  The food distribution is set up outside the schools.   Breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the locations listed below:

Annandale Terrace ES,  7604 Herald St., Annandale

Bailey's Primary ES, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church

Braddock ES,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale

Brookfield ES, 4200 Lees Corner Rd, Chantilly

Burke School, 9645 Burke Lake Rd., Burke

Centre Ridge ES, 14400 New Braddock Rd., Centreville

Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield

Cunningham Park ES, 1001 Park St., Vienna

Dogwood ES, 12300 Glade Dr., Reston

Garfield ES, 7101 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield 

Graham Road  Community Center,  3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church

Fort Belvoir Upper ES, 5980 Meeres Rd., Fort Belvoir

Hutchison ES, 13209 Parcher Ave., Herndon

Hybla Valley ES, 3415 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria 

London Towne ES, 6100 Stone Rd., Centreville

Mount Vernon Woods ES, 4015 Fielding St., Alexandria

Providence ES, 3616 Jermantown Rd., Fairfax

Weyanoke ES, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria

 

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

Mental Health Resources

During these uncertain times, students and families may be feeling anxious. Mental Health Resources and 24/7 Emergency Numbers are available on the Justice HS website. Below are some additional resources to help guide families. 

Important Dates

March 19-21 - Wolfpack Theatre Production Midsummer Night's Dream - Cancelled

March 23-27 - IB Art Show = Cancelled

March 26 - International Night 5:30-8 pm  - Cancelled

March 27 - IB Art Show Reception 6:30 -8:30pm  - Cancelled-

April 16th - College Planning Night - Little Theatre - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

June 8th  @ 2pm  Eagle Bank Arena - Graduation

 

To view all of the Justice calendars (activities, schedules, etc.), please click here. 

Quick Links

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Justice Newsletter - March 8, 2020

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“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." ~ Mother Teresa

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

     Starting this week through March 18th, 11th graders will be taking the SOL writing assessment. As a result, morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mails  will be suspended during the testing window for all FCPS high schools. Students involved in testing are often in designated testing sites within the school during the normal attendance-taking time, so morning attendance notifications will be suspended. Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.

     This coming week I hope to see you all at the Harlem Wizards vs. the Justice Jammers on Thursday, March 12.  It will be a fun-filled Justice pyramid evening with slam dunks, athletic tricks and humor. 

     Finally, daylight saving time officially started 2 a.m today. Most cell phones and other electronics will make the change on their own, but traditional clocks will need to be manually adjusted one hour forward. This is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

     Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

Coronavirus Updates

FCPS is working with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) and closely monitoring the health crisis as well as any impact it may have locally.

The situation is ever changing, so a coronavirus webpage has been established to provide updates as needed. This page contains the three messages sent by Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand that describe FCPS’ response to the coronavirus to date. Go to the coronavirus webpage

Justice Celebrates Women's History Month

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. The 2020 theme, “Valiant Women of the Vote,” pays homage to the 100 anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The theme honors "the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others." Women’s History Month 2020 takes place from Sunday, March 1-Tuesday, March 31, 2020  

Justice High School Orchestra VBODA Pre-Assessment Concert

The Justice Orchestra had their pre-assessment concert this week. Congratulations to Cassandra Haynes and her orchestra students as they presented a fabulous performance in preparation for their upcoming assessment.

Spread the Word to End the Word

Justice Best Buddies and supporters around the world united on March 4th for the annual Spread the Word to End the Word Day for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and to rally people to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people.

Geosystems Review Day

Plate tectonics test review day was awesome. #geosystemsrocks

Paperless Report Cards

Starting with 3rd quarter, high school and middle school parents will now have the option to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents/guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless!". This process is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVue account and must select the paperless option. Paper report cards will be provided for any student whose parents/guardians did not select to “Go Paperless”.

Junior Focus Day

We are putting the finishing touches on our planning for Junior Focus Day which will take place on Thursday, April 16th. During the first blocks on this day (8:10 am -11:12 am), juniors will attend four sessions that match their post-high school plans. We are bringing in a variety of presenters to lead sessions focused on the two and four-year college process as well as military and career options. During the lunch blocks, the students will be meeting with their counselors to continue work on their post high school plans. During the last block of the day, students will participate in the mandatory Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and education lesson. This is a huge undertaking and we are excited to offer such an informative and individualized opportunity for our students.

Extended Essay process begins for juniors

Dear Parents and Guardians of 2021 Diploma Candidates,

Our junior (Class of 2021) IB Diploma Candidates will soon begin the year-long extended essay (EE) process.

Do you have questions about this process? Do you wonder how you can support your students through this process? Would you like more general information about the extended essay?

Please contact Traci Rogers (the Extended Essay Coordinator) at tarogers@fcps.edu with any of these concerns or questions. More information is also available through the 2021 IBDP Blackboard site (accessible to parent observers)

Justice HS International Night

International Night is Thursday, March 26th from 5:30-8 pm.  Free international dinner with food prepared by our diverse community in the cafeteria.  Dinner will be followed by a fashion show and cultural performances in the auditorium.  Please join us with your families.  Encourage your students to go.  Participate in the fashion show (students and teachers.)  Finally, bring a dish to share! 

(Everyone) Commit to donate food here:  https://forms.gle/bft7csbV5QWt5nRR7


(Students and teachers only) Enter in the fashion show here:  https://forms.gle/rGZNjzBfL1gVTKfR7

Attend a Family Engagement Policy Open Meeting

FCPS is hosting several open meetings to receive feedback on the draft version of our new Family Engagement Policy. We invite parents, staff, students, and community members to attend one of the meetings. The purpose of the Family Engagement Policy is to promote effective and meaningful family-school partnerships–inclusive of all families–as an essential element in supporting student success.

View the Family Engagement Policy meeting dates, times, and locations.

Justice High School Wolfpack Theatre is proud to present this year's spring play, A Midsummer Night's Dream!

It all happens on a Midsummer Night.  Within twenty-four hours, lives are challenged and changed.  This romantic comedy features star-crossed lovers and fairies in a world full of magical creatures, mysterious circumstances and marvelous characters.  Anything can, and does, happen!  Come and enjoy our unique modern take on this Shakespearean classic set in the world of the early 1980's, when the top 10 hits at any moment could be any style of music -- disco, rock, hip hop, folk, jazz, country, punk -- and just plain different.  There's dancing, fabulous costumes, and intrigue set to the beat of fabulous music.

We're also hosting a special Fairy Tea following the Saturday, March 21st, 2 pm matinee.  Participants will have a chance to meet a magical group of fairies, enjoy cool drinks, and photo opportunities for a $5 admission fee (parents attend free with children)!  For an additional $5 you can create your own fairy garden.  RSVPs are required, at https://wolfpacktheatre.org/.

 

Shows:

Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm

Friday, March 20 at 7 pm

Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm and 7 pm

Tickets:

General Admission $10

Students / Seniors $8

You are encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance (no service charge) at https://wolfpacktheatre.org/ , but tickets will also be available at the door for cash, check and credit card.

 

Please consider attending, and help us spread the word by sharing with friends and family!

Registered Apprenticeship and Career Fair

On Thursday, April 16, 2020, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry will host the “Registered Apprenticeship and Career Fair” from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at George C. Marshall High School. This is a free event for Fairfax County high school students, their parents and/or guardians, recent graduates, and members of the community to learn about Youth Registered and Registered Apprenticeship work-based learning experiences. These experiences can meet high school graduation requirements through CTE classes. Participants will be able to meet business, education, and industry leaders from Northern Virginia who offer skilled workforce employment, education, training, and apprenticeship programs. FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) will be on-site to answer any questions on how to take advantage of their post-high school graduation opportunities to include a variety of courses, certificate programs, and career training. High School students and members of the Fairfax County community are able to enroll in ACE courses and satisfy related instruction requirements for both Youth Registered and Registered Apprenticeships. FCPS students, parents and/or guardians, recent graduates, and community members who wish to attend should register online.

2020 IBMA College Fair

Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Association of IB World Schools. Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA, Saturday March 28, 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. 150+ colleges and universities from the US, Canada and beyond will be in attendance. Special topic sessions run throughout the day: Financial Aid, The Scholarship Search Process, Applying to Schools Outside of the US, Getting the Most for Your IB Credits, and Regional Community College Opportunities. The fair is open to the public. Visit www.ibmidatlantic.org/Fair.html for more information.

Red Cross VolunTeen Program

American Red Cross we will be offering a summer program for teens ages 14 to 17 beginning in July. It is a six-week program and VolunTeens must complete 5 of the 6 weeks in order to obtain credit. Application requirements include a minimum of four hours per shift and a minimum of eight hours a week, each week. They must also complete an immunization screening with our Occupational Health Department. Teens must also provide a letter of recommendation from a coach, teacher, employer etc... Applications are available now and must be picked up at the Ft. Belvoir Red Cross Office and returned by March 23rd. Although located on a military facility, the program is open to everyone.

FBI 2020 Future Agents in Training Program

The FBI Future Agents in Training - Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Generally, each course iteration is a minimum of eight hours but can be a week-long program with blocks of instruction and demonstrations at a local field office. Students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cybercrime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. Students also learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and assisting with cases. The 2020 Washington Future Agents in Training (FAIT) program will be held August 3 to August 7, 2020. Applications must be submitted to wfocop@fbi.gov by March 31, 2020. https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/fbi-wfo-2020-fait-application-020320.pdf/view

2020 VA- 10 Academy Day

The Office of Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District would like to invite all high school students that have interest in attending any of the five United States Service Academies, or have an interest in a future in the US military, to participate in the 2020 VA-10 Academy Day, to be held on Saturday April 4th, from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Loudoun County School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148. Academy Nomination Applications available May 1st. This will be an outstanding opportunity for your students to meet with staff, alumni, and current cadets from the four nomination required academies (USNA, USMA, USAFA, and USMMA) as well as the Coast Guard Academy and representatives from ROTC and Military Colleges from across the state. Frequently asked questions regarding the academy nomination process are available here: https://wexton.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations.htm. If you have any questions please direct to Anthony.barnes@mail.house.gov or 202-380-6362. 

College Partnership Program (CPP) Application

The CPP application is now available for students (students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form). APPLY NOW! The primary goal of CPP is to increase the number of students, particularly first-generation and minority students, who enroll and succeed in college. Services provided by the College Partnership Program include: college visits, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, monthly meetings, parent education sessions, SAT preparation classes, and a summer overnight experience on a college campus. Any student may apply. A typical CPP student represents a traditionally underrepresented population in higher education (first generation, African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic,English learners, students with disabilities, or economically disadvantaged), demonstrates the ability to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in core classes (weighted), is willing to pursue advanced coursework, and demonstrates leadership in school or community activities. Contact your child’s school counselor for more information. Applications are due March 18, 2020

The 2020-21 FAFSA Form Is Now Available; College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

Parents of high school seniors—did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is open and most colleges require that the FAFSA be completed by March 1 to receive the maximum financial aid possible starting in fall of 2020? Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines. Parents and students should start by creating a FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA. Additional links can be found on the FCPS FAFSA website.

Need help completing and submitting the FAFSA? There are several FAFSA workshops remaining this school year:

  • April 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Annandale High School.
  • April 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School.

Register to attend the FAFSA workshops at the College Access Fairfax website. Families can contact their high school's career center specialist or school counselor if they need additional help.   

JHS Scholarship Fund is Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2020!

Founded and run by parents of past, current, and future JHS students, the JHS Scholarship Fund provides last-dollar college scholarships to JHS seniors. Each year, the JHSSF helps to close the gap between financial aid packages and the real cost of college attendance, exclusively for college-bound seniors at JHS. We are now accepting applications from the Class of 2020. 

 

Need a scholarship?  Apply here:  https://www.jhsscholars.org/apply  Applications due Friday 4/7/2020.

 

Bonus: One application gives students access to multiple scholarships, including Baileys Crossroads Rotary, Thurgood Marshall, Casey Schulman, and numerous other named scholarships.

 

Want to help? Please consider making a donation to JHSSF. 

https://www.jhsscholars.org/contribute. We are a 501(c)3. Every dollar helps another student to realize their college dreams.

Casey Schulman Scholarship Information Session

Seniors are invited to learn more about the Casey Schulman Scholarship on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:15 am in the Career Center. 

College Planning Night

Join us from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Little Theatre on Thursday, April 16th. Parents are invited to hear about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their students in the college process. A panel of college representatives will share their insights on managing the college search process, how colleges make decisions, and paying for college. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) College Fairs

NACAC is hosting different college fairs in our area which are free and open to the public. Register at www.gotomyncf.com. National College Fair – Montgomery County (Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 9:45am-12:45pm, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 9:45am-12:45pm) at the Adventist HealthCare Fieldhouse (formerly known as Discovery Sports Center) (NEW LOCATION), 18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841. National College Fair – Prince George’s County (Friday, April 3, 2020 from 9:30am - 12:30pm) at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd, Landover, MD 20785.

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) STEM College and Career Fair

NACAC is hosting a STEM college fair in our area, which is free and open to the public. Register at www.gotomyncf.com. STEM College and Career Fair – Baltimore-Greater Washington on Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 1pm-4pm at the UMBC Event Center, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250.

Korean Community Outreach Fair

Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement and our Korean parent liaisons would like to cordially invite your organization to participate as an exhibitor at our inaugural Korean Community Outreach Resource Fair, March 25, 2020. Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand will be our keynote speaker, and other distinguished FCPS leaders will also be in attendance. The purpose of this event is to support the development of stronger family-school partnerships among families and their child’s school community in culturally responsive ways and to connect families with valuable community and school resources. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 6-8:30 p.m., at Centreville High School (6001 Union Mill Rd, Clifton, VA 20124). If you are interested in registering to have a table at this event, please RSVP to Sara Tae at shtae@fcps.edu and Younghee Kang at yhkang@fcps.edu, with the following information: name of your organization, contact name for table, email address, and phone number.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Apprenticeship Application

The Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC), Local 26 chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is accepting applications for their apprenticeship programs through March 31, 2020. The JATC offers 3-year and 5-year apprenticeship programs, as well as a residential training program. Applications must be submitted online and require action steps prior to the deadline. Please plan ahead and visit the JATC website for more details on how to apply and the apprenticeship qualifications. Residential Training Program information can be found by visiting the Residential Training Program page. For questions, please visit the JATC webpage or call the Manassas, VA Location at: 703-393-0097.

Parent Resource Center Upcoming Workshops/You Tube Channel

The Parent Resource YouTube channel has new workshops being added every month. Workshops from the FCPS Parent Resource Center in Dunn Loring. 

  • Drugs, Alcohol, and Vaping, What Every Parent Needs to Know, Friday, March 20, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Launching Your Adolescent into Adulthood, Friday, March 27, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Fitness Activities: A Parent’s Guide to Getting your Child Moving, Friday, March 31, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Digital Citizenship Series Part 1: What Technology Does My Child Need for Home
  • and School? Friday, April 24, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education & Employment Options, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Woodson High School. 
Important Dates

March 12th - Harlem Wizards vs. the Justice Jammers - Starts at 7:00pm and the doors will open at 6:00pm. For more information go to https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/events/161727

March 19-21 - Wolfpack Theatre Production Midsummer Night's Dream

March 23-27 - IB Art Show

March 26 - International Night 5:30-8 pm

March 27 - IB Art Show Reception 6:30 -8:30pm

May 5th - 2020 Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair (more info to follow)

April 7th- Justice High School Scholarship Fund Application Deadline

April 16th - College Planning Night - Little Theatre - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

June 8th  @ 2pm  Eagle Bank Arena - Graduation

 

To view all of the Justice calendars (activities, schedules, etc.), please click here. 

Quick Links

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Attendance: 703.824.3920 | Web 

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In the end, generosity is the best way of becoming more, more, and more joyful.” ~ Dalai Lama

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

      The above pictures are from last week's Justice Pyramid art show. We saw lots of great art. Our pyramid students are incredibly talented.

      March promises to be filled with many exciting events. We will be celebrating Women's History Month. Members of our Girl Up Team will highlight, during our morning announcements, the great contributions that women have made throughout history. In addition, we have coming up our annual International night, the spring play and the IB art show.  

       Our 11th graders will be taking their SOL writing assessment beginning March 9th. This is considered high stakes testing for our students and will be used in determining our school’s annual progress by the Virginia Department of Education. Our teachers have worked to ensure that all students are prepared and successful.

      Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

We had a successful 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration. This year our guest speaker was Dr. Janice Underwood, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the State of Virginia. Check out more photos, and a short video of our assembly.

Partnering with Bailey's Elementary School

Students in Mr. Ransom's English class participated in a reading buddies field trip to Bailey's Elementary School. Students worked over several weeks to learn strategies for read aloud and questioning.

School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians who interact with the school health rooms. If your student has visited the health room in the last year, we would like to hear from you.

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will provide the FCHD with valuable information.  Your participation in this important endeavor is appreciated.  

 

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9VWCJ6

School Health Services Survey-Parents 2020 (Spanish): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7KGXTS   

Engaging Students with Choice - Biology Review Day Justice HS Forensics Team

Justice High School placed second at the VHSL Super Regional Forensics Tournament last week at Westfield HS. We are also proud to announce that the following five students will be advancing to the VHSL State Forensics tournament in Richmond on March 28th: Tiffany Bui, Zulma Solis, Mattie Lambert, Sara Kaufman, and Xander Tilock. Congratulations!

Math Department Learning Together

Math teams met to discuss their Mid-Year CLT School Improvement and Innovation Plan Reflections and develop next steps.

JHS Wins First Place at Black History Trivia Competition

Congratulations Sem Asmelash, Jaida Perkins, Maria Rivera Damiao, Alana Thomas, Jimmy Sydney, Helina Mesfin, Dawit Mitiku, and Samar Abdou who represented JHS at the Annual Jack & Jill Burke-Fairfax Chapter annual Black History Forum-Black History Trivia Competition. Over the recent weeks these students studied Black history trivia covering African America's impact in The Arts, Business, Education, Entertainment, Military, Politics, Science, Exploration, and Sports. Congratulations for their first place win! 

Click here for more pictures.

Extended Essay process begins for juniors

Dear Parents and Guardians of 2021 Diploma Candidates,

Our junior (Class of 2021) IB Diploma Candidates will soon begin the year-long extended essay (EE) process.

Do you have questions about this process? Do you wonder how you can support your students through this process? Would you like more general information about the extended essay?

Please contact Traci Rogers (the Extended Essay Coordinator) at tarogers@fcps.edu with any of these concerns or questions. More information is also available through the 2021 IBDP Blackboard site (accessible to parent observers)

Justice HS International Night

International Night is Thursday, March 26th from 5:30-8 pm.  Free international dinner with food prepared by our diverse community in the cafeteria.  Dinner will be followed by a fashion show and cultural performances in the auditorium.  Please join us with your families.  Encourage your students to go.  Participate in the fashion show (students and teachers.)  Finally, bring a dish to share! 

(Everyone) Commit to donate food here:  https://forms.gle/bft7csbV5QWt5nRR7

(Students and teachers only) Enter in the fashion show here:  https://forms.gle/rGZNjzBfL1gVTKfR7

Justice High School Wolfpack Theatre is proud to present this year's spring play, A Midsummer Night's Dream!

It all happens on a Midsummer Night.  Within twenty-four hours, lives are challenged and changed.  This romantic comedy features star-crossed lovers and fairies in a world full of magical creatures, mysterious circumstances and marvelous characters.  Anything can, and does, happen!  Come and enjoy our unique modern take on this Shakespearean classic set in the world of the early 1980's, when the top 10 hits at any moment could be any style of music -- disco, rock, hip hop, folk, jazz, country, punk -- and just plain different.  There's dancing, fabulous costumes, and intrigue set to the beat of fabulous music.

We're also hosting a special Fairy Tea following the Saturday, March 21st, 2 pm matinee.  Participants will have a chance to meet a magical group of fairies, enjoy cool drinks, and photo opportunities for a $5 admission fee (parents attend free with children)!  For an additional $5 you can create your own fairy garden.  RSVPs are required, at https://wolfpacktheatre.org/.

 

Shows:

Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm

Friday, March 20 at 7 pm

Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm and 7 pm

Tickets:

General Admission $10

Students / Seniors $8

You are encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance (no service charge) at https://wolfpacktheatre.org/ , but tickets will also be available at the door for cash, check and credit card.

 

Please consider attending, and help us spread the word by sharing with friends and family!

Coronavirus Updates

FCPS is working with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) and closely monitoring the health crisis as well as any impact it may have locally.

As of February 28, there are no cases of COVID-19 infection in Fairfax County, in Virginia, or in the National Capital Region. The situation is ever changing, so a coronavirus webpage has been established to provide updates as needed. 

Registered Apprenticeship and Career Fair

On Thursday, April 16, 2020, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry will host the “Registered Apprenticeship and Career Fair” from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at George C. Marshall High School. This is a free event for Fairfax County high school students, their parents and/or guardians, recent graduates, and members of the community to learn about Youth Registered and Registered Apprenticeship work-based learning experiences. These experiences can meet high school graduation requirements through CTE classes. Participants will be able to meet business, education, and industry leaders from Northern Virginia who offer skilled workforce employment, education, training, and apprenticeship programs. FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) will be on-site to answer any questions on how to take advantage of their post-high school graduation opportunities to include a variety of courses, certificate programs, and career training. High School students and members of the Fairfax County community are able to enroll in ACE courses and satisfy related instruction requirements for both Youth Registered and Registered Apprenticeships. FCPS students, parents and/or guardians, recent graduates, and community members who wish to attend should register online.

GenesysWorks Internship Program - Class of 2021

GenesysWorks is a paid internship program. Primary elements of the GenesysWorks program include 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training over the summer, a paid year-long corporate internship, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through college. Contact Ms. Covert in Student Services at nkcovert@fcps.edu if you have questions. Students may apply here: https://rebrand.ly/GWNCR-2020-Application.

2020 IBMA College Fair

Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Association of IB World Schools. Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA, Saturday March 28, 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. 150+ colleges and universities from the US, Canada and beyond will be in attendance. Special topic sessions run throughout the day: Financial Aid, The Scholarship Search Process, Applying to Schools Outside of the US, Getting the Most for Your IB Credits, and Regional Community College Opportunities. The fair is open to the public. Visit www.ibmidatlantic.org/Fair.html for more information.

CTE Summer Courses

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is excited to announce that we will be offering courses for credit this upcoming summer. Students currently in grades 10 and 11 can take the following courses for credit: Information Systems, Teachers for Tomorrow, Exploring Health Science, Electrical Construction and Engineering 1, and Construction Tech 1. Courses are 4 weeks long and require 140 hours for credit. They are held at various locations within the county and transportation will be provided for some courses. For more information, please visit the CTE Summer Career Academy website: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/career-and-technical-education-cte-summer-career-academy

FBI 2020 Future Agents in Training Program

The FBI Future Agents in Training - Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Generally, each course iteration is a minimum of eight hours but can be a week-long program with blocks of instruction and demonstrations at a local field office. Students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cybercrime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. Students also learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and assisting with cases. The 2020 Washington Future Agents in Training (FAIT) program will be held August 3 to August 7, 2020. Applications must be submitted to wfocop@fbi.gov by March 31, 2020. https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/fbi-wfo-2020-fait-application-020320.pdf/view

Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria Campus Tour and Advising Session Field Trip

Seniors who are not participating in the NOVA Pathway program are invited on a field trip to NOVA on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Students will tour the Alexandria Campus, meet current NOVA students, and find out next steps to enroll. Lunch is provided. All forms must be submitted to Ms. Grande by 2/27/20 2:55pm in J207H. Late forms will be accepted, and students will be placed on the waitlist. First come, first serve! Don’t miss out!

Student Graduation Speaker Application

Planning for the Class of 2020 Graduation is well underway! As a reminder, graduation will be held on Monday, June 8th at 2:00 p.m. at Eagle Bank Arena. During the graduation ceremony, there is one student speech. Seniors who are interested in applying to give the student speech must complete the Graduation Student Speaker Application by March 6 (students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form).

Wellness Screening - Class of 2023

The teen years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for teens, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal turmoil; however, symptoms of depression can be serious and are known risk factors for suicide. To proactively address this issue, Justice HS School is offering a wellness screening for 9th grade students in March as part of the Signs of Suicide® (SOS) Prevention Program. Parents of students in the class of 2023 will be receiving more information through the mail. For more information, please contact Chrissy Spaulding, Director of Student Services, at caspaulding@fcps.edu

2020 VA- 10 AcademyDay

The Office of Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District would like to invite all high school students that have interest in attending any of the five United States Service Academies, or have an interest in a future in the US military, to participate in the 2020 VA-10 Academy Day, to be held on Saturday April 4th, from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Loudoun County School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148. Academy Nomination Applications available May 1st. This will be an outstanding opportunity for your students to meet with staff, alumni, and current cadets from the four nomination required academies (USNA, USMA, USAFA, and USMMA) as well as the Coast Guard Academy and representatives from ROTC and Military Colleges from across the state. Frequently asked questions regarding the academy nomination process are available here: https://wexton.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations.htm. If you have any questions please direct to Anthony.barnes@mail.house.gov or 202-380-6362. 

2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs

Fairfax County high school students looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways are invited to attend one of six upcoming teen job fairs and resume building workshops in Fairfax County. Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment, internships, and volunteer work for prospective students. Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students. Free booth spaces are provided to local businesses. The first two job fairs will be held on Saturday, March 7, at Woodson High School from 10 a.m. to noon, and at South County High School from 2 to 4 p.m. 

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Prince George’s County College Fair

NACAC is hosting a college fair in our area that is free and open to the public: Friday, April 3, 2020, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex. To register, visit: gotomyncf.com

College Partnership Program (CPP) Application

The CPP application is now available for students (students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form). APPLY NOW! The primary goal of CPP is to increase the number of students, particularly first-generation and minority students, who enroll and succeed in college. Services provided by the College Partnership Program include: college visits, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, monthly meetings, parent education sessions, SAT preparation classes, and a summer overnight experience on a college campus. Any student may apply. A typical CPP student represents a traditionally underrepresented population in higher education (first generation, African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic,English learners, students with disabilities, or economically disadvantaged), demonstrates the ability to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in core classes (weighted), is willing to pursue advanced coursework, and demonstrates leadership in school or community activities. Contact your child’s school counselor for more information. Applications are due March 18, 2020

The 2020-21 FAFSA Form Is Now Available; College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

Parents of high school seniors—did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is open and most colleges require that the FAFSA be completed by March 1 to receive the maximum financial aid possible starting in fall of 2020? Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines. Parents and students should start by creating a FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA. Additional links can be found on the FCPS FAFSA website.

Need help completing and submitting the FAFSA? There are several FAFSA workshops remaining this school year:

  • April 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Annandale High School.
  • April 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School.

Register to attend the FAFSA workshops at the College Access Fairfax website. Families can contact their high school's career center specialist or school counselor if they need additional help.   

Women's Health Fair

Women’s Health Fair on Satruday, March 7th @10AM-2PM

Parent Resource Center Upcoming Workshops/You Tube Channel

The Parent Resource YouTube channel has new workshops being added every month. Workshops from the FCPS Parent Resource Center in Dunn Loring:.

  • Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School, Friday, March 6, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Drugs, Alcohol, and Vaping, What Every Parent Needs to Know, Friday, March 20, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Launching Your Adolescent into Adulthood, Friday, March 27, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Fitness Activities: A Parent’s Guide to Getting your Child Moving, Friday, March 31, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
Important Dates

March 3 - Student Holiday

March 19-21 - Wolfpack Theatre Production Midsummer Night's Dream

March 23-27 - IB Art Show

March 26 - International Night 5:30-8 pm

March 27 - IB Art Show Reception 6:30 -8:30pm

May 5th - 2020 Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair (more info to follow)

June 8th  @ 2pm  Eagle Bank Arena - Graduation

 

To view all of the Justice calendars (activities, schedules, etc.), please click here. 

Quick Links

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Attendance: 703.824.3920 | Web 

Justice Newsletter - February 23, 2020

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“The unwillingness to try is worse than any failure.” ~ Nikki Giovanni 

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

    

     Our Justice Art Show opened this week. Our students displayed a variety of pieces ranging from ceramics to watercolors. Next week, we kickoff our pyramid art show on February 25th. Please join us the evening of the 27th, as we celebrate art from students from our pyramid feeder schools as well as our very own Justice artists.

      On Friday, we will host our 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration. This year our guest speaker is Dr. Janice Underwood. Dr. Underwood is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the State of Virginia. In addition, we will have several musical performances by Justice students. Students will have an opportunity to participate through their 3rd period class or watch through a live stream. For more information, please contact William Brooks, Assistant Principal at (703) 824-3900.

     Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

Den Time Lesson - SOL Student-Selected Test Decisions

On Monday students will learn about student-selected test decisions during Den Time. Student-selected test decisions only apply to students who entered ninth grade for the first time in 2017-18 or prior and only apply to decisions about SOL tests.The number of assessments students have available as options for student-selected tests each year depends on their current course enrollment and what verified credits they have already earned from previous courses. Some students may not have any student-selected tests available for the year. Other students may have one (1), two (2), three (3), or more tests that could fulfill the student-selected credit graduation requirement. 

VDOE guidance requires that once students earn a passing score on one (1) student-selected SOL test, no further student-selected tests will appear in their academic records. When students are scheduled for two (2) or more student-selected tests, school staff monitor SOL test results and make every effort to cancel any other scheduled student-selected tests when students earn a passing score. However, there may be cases when the earlier test results are not available in time to adjust students' testing schedules and they may inadvertently take test(s) that are not required. In these situations, the VDOE will remove the extra student-selected test results from students' test records, and these scores will not appear in final score reports. 

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s counselor.

Nineteen Justice High School chorus students perform in the District Ten Honor Choir at South County Secondary School, February 6-8, 2020.”

Celebrating World Languages

Our students participated in Justice HS World Languages Department festival. Thank you to our wonderful teachers and students.

Science Olympiad

The justice science Olympiad team is going to states! Two years in a row! Congratulations.

Celebrating our Achievements

Just wrapped up our 2nd Den Day RJ attendance leadership circle. Thank you, Ms. Neforos and Mr.Sims, for your support.

Real-World Learning

Real world learning experiences make learning come alive. In today’s world, relevance, usefulness, and real-world application need to inform every dimension of the high school experience. When students are engaged in real-world learning, they tackle the kinds of tricky, complex problems that do not always have clear answers—just like life.

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Discussion pairs in science class: how do you think porosity and permeability are related? Using Kagan structures to encourage engagement in student think time.

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Great to see our students learn about directions and map skills using our design lab! Our librarians and teachers collaborate in our specialized design lab to make learning hands-on.

Justice HS International Night

International Night is Thursday, March 26th from 5:30-8 pm.  Free international dinner with food prepared by our diverse community in the cafeteria.  Dinner will be followed by a fashion show and cultural performances in the auditorium.  Please join us with your families.  Encourage your students to go.  Participate in the fashion show (students and teachers.)  Finally, bring a dish to share! 

(Everyone) Commit to donate food here:  https://forms.gle/bft7csbV5QWt5nRR7

(Students and teachers only) Enter in the fashion show here:  https://forms.gle/rGZNjzBfL1gVTKfR7

2019-20 Yearbook Sales

Purchase your 2019-2020 Yearbook Today for $70 while supplies last!

Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118

Or send cash/check to Ms. Pierce in room D50”

Upcoming Wolfpack Theatre Production

Save the date for the spring Wolfpack Theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream coming March 19-21.  The cast and crew are working toward a fantastic show!  Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for general admission.  

Urban Alliance Internship Program - Class of 2021

Urban Alliance is looking for potential participants for their senior year PAID internship program! An interest meeting is taking place Monday 2/24 after school in I-145. Students may contact their school counselor for more information. 

GenesysWorks Internship Program - Class of 2021

GenesysWorks is a paid internship program. Primary elements of the GenesysWorks program include 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training over the summer, a paid year-long corporate internship, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through college. Contact Ms. Covert in Student Services at nkcovert@fcps.edu if you have questions. Students may apply here: https://rebrand.ly/GWNCR-2020-Application.

2020 IBMA College Fair

Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Association of IB World Schools. Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA, Saturday March 28, 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. 150+ colleges and universities from the US, Canada and beyond will be in attendance. Special topic sessions run throughout the day: Financial Aid, The Scholarship Search Process, Applying to Schools Outside of the US, Getting the Most for Your IB Credits, and Regional Community College Opportunities. The fair is open to the public. Visit www.ibmidatlantic.org/Fair.html for more information.

CTE Summer Courses

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is excited to announce that we will be offering courses for credit this upcoming summer. Students currently in grades 10 and 11 can take the following courses for credit: Information Systems, Teachers for Tomorrow, Exploring Health Science, Electrical Construction and Engineering 1, and Construction Tech 1. Courses are 4 weeks long and require 140 hours for credit. They are held at various locations within the county and transportation will be provided for some courses. For more information, please visit the CTE Summer Career Academy website: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/career-and-technical-education-cte-summer-career-academy

FBI 2020 Future Agents in Training Program

The FBI Future Agents in Training - Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Generally, each course iteration is a minimum of eight hours but can be a week-long program with blocks of instruction and demonstrations at a local field office. Students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cybercrime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. Students also learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and assisting with cases. The 2020 Washington Future Agents in Training (FAIT) program will be held August 3 to August 7, 2020. Applications must be submitted to wfocop@fbi.gov by March 31, 2020. https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/fbi-wfo-2020-fait-application-020320.pdf/view

Justice High School Scholarship Fund Information Session

The Justice High School Scholarship Fund provides need-based scholarships for Justice High School graduates pursuing post-secondary education. Students are invited to an information session on February 27 during Return Period in the Career Center J207H where they will find out how to apply, as well as what documents needed and what scholarships available. https://www.jhsscholars.org/

Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria Campus Tour and Advising Session Field Trip

Seniors who are not participating in the NOVA Pathway program are invited on a field trip to NOVA on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Students will tour the Alexandria Campus, meet current NOVA students, and find out next steps to enroll. Lunch is provided. All forms must be submitted to Ms. Grande by 2/27/20 2:55pm in J207H. Late forms will be accepted, and students will be placed on the waitlist. First come, first serve! Don’t miss out!

Student Graduation Speaker Application

Planning for the Class of 2020 Graduation is well underway! As a reminder, graduation will be held on Monday, June 8th at 2:00 p.m. at Eagle Bank Arena. During the graduation ceremony, there is one student speech. Seniors who are interested in applying to give the student speech must complete the Graduation Student Speaker Application by March 6 (students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form).

College Entrance Testing (SAT/ACT)

The registration deadline for the April 4 ACT is February 28. For test dates, registration and score reporting, students should visit: SAT – www.collegeboard.org or ACT – www.actstudent.org. Both the College Board (SAT, PSAT, AP) and ACT have established policies and deadlines for students with a professionally diagnosed and documented disability who apply for reasonable accommodations. For more information, please contact Beth Marino, the Justice HS Special Education Resource Teacher at eemarino@fcps.edu

Wellness Screening - Class of 2023

The teen years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for teens, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal turmoil; however, symptoms of depression can be serious and are known risk factors for suicide. To proactively address this issue, Justice HS School is offering a wellness screening for 9th grade students in March as part of the Signs of Suicide® (SOS) Prevention Program. Parents of students in the class of 2023 will be receiving more information through the mail. For more information, please contact Chrissy Spaulding, Director of Student Services, at caspaulding@fcps.edu

2020 VA- 10 AcademyDay

The Office of Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District would like to invite all high school students that have interest in attending any of the five United States Service Academies, or have an interest in a future in the US military, to participate in the 2020 VA-10 Academy Day, to be held on Saturday April 4th, from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Loudoun County School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148. Academy Nomination Applications available May 1st. This will be an outstanding opportunity for your students to meet with staff, alumni, and current cadets from the four nomination required academies (USNA, USMA, USAFA, and USMMA) as well as the Coast Guard Academy and representatives from ROTC and Military Colleges from across the state. Frequently asked questions regarding the academy nomination process are available here: https://wexton.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations.htm. If you have any questions please direct to Anthony.barnes@mail.house.gov or 202-380-6362. 

2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs

Fairfax County high school students looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways are invited to attend one of six upcoming teen job fairs and resume building workshops in Fairfax County. Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment, internships, and volunteer work for prospective students. Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students. Free booth spaces are provided to local businesses. The first two job fairs will be held on Saturday, March 7, at Woodson High School from 10 a.m. to noon, and at South County High School from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Microsoft Panel: Educating Trailblazers in Technology: The Next Generation

In celebration of Black History Month, Microsoft will host a panel discussion with Microsoft employees to promote diversity and inclusion in technology. The panel will discuss career paths and educational opportunities in technology and various careers, as well as entry points to the company. The intended audience is high school and college students. Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Microsoft Store - Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4501 (Level 2). To Register, visit the Tyson's Corner Microsoft Store Website, locate the event under the “Attend an event or workshop” section of the page, and complete the registration steps.

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Prince George’s County College Fair

NACAC is hosting a college fair in our area that is free and open to the public: Friday, April 3, 2020, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex. To register, visit: gotomyncf.com

College Partnership Program (CPP) Application

The CPP application is now available for students (students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form). APPLY NOW! The primary goal of CPP is to increase the number of students, particularly first-generation and minority students, who enroll and succeed in college. Services provided by the College Partnership Program include: college visits, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, monthly meetings, parent education sessions, SAT preparation classes, and a summer overnight experience on a college campus. Any student may apply. A typical CPP student represents a traditionally underrepresented population in higher education (first generation, African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic,English learners, students with disabilities, or economically disadvantaged), demonstrates the ability to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in core classes (weighted), is willing to pursue advanced coursework, and demonstrates leadership in school or community activities. Contact your child’s school counselor for more information. Applications are due March 18, 2020

The 2020-21 FAFSA Form Is Now Available; College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

Parents of high school seniors—did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is open and most colleges require that the FAFSA be completed by March 1 to receive the maximum financial aid possible starting in fall of 2020? Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines. Parents and students should start by creating a FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA. Additional links can be found on the FCPS FAFSA website.

Need help completing and submitting the FAFSA? There are several FAFSA workshops remaining this school year:

  • February 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Annandale High School.
  • April 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Annandale High School.
  • April 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School.

Register to attend the FAFSA workshops at the College Access Fairfax website. Families can contact their high school's career center specialist or school counselor if they need additional help.   

Parent Resource Center Upcoming Workshops/You Tube Channel

The Parent Resource YouTube channel has new workshops being added every month. Workshops from the FCPS Parent Resource Center in Dunn Loring:.

  • Adversity and Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilient Communities, February 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School, Friday, March 6, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Drugs, Alcohol, and Vaping, What Every Parent Needs to Know, Friday, March 20, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Launching Your Adolescent into Adulthood, Friday, March 27, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Fitness Activities: A Parent’s Guide to Getting your Child Moving, Friday, March 31, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
Important Dates

February 25 - Pre-Assessment Band Concert @ 7:00 PM

February 25-27 - Pyramid Art Show - Little Theater

February 26 - Pre-Assessment Band Concert-2 @ 7:00 PM

February 27 - Pyramid Art Show Reception @ 6:00 - 8:00 PM

March 3 - Student Holiday

March 19-21 - Wolfpack Theatre Production Midsummer Night's Dream

March 23-27 - IB Art Show 

March 27 - IB Art Show Reception 6:30 -8:30pm.

June 8th  @ 2pm  Eagle Bank Arena - Graduation

 

To view all of the Justice calendars (activities, schedules, etc.), please click here. 

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“Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human.” ~ John Cogley

  A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

      Happy President’s Day Weekend! I hope you are enjoying the long weekend with family and friends.  

     Last Tuesday, our teachers participated in professional development to expand their classroom best practices. Staff shared successful instructional strategies that are making a difference at Justice.

      This week we kick off the Justice Art Show in the Little Theater.  Parents can sign in at the main office and view the art in the Little Theater between 8:30am and 2:30 pm on 2/19 and 2/20.

      We continue to stress the importance of coming to school everyday. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job. 

Did you know?

  •  Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
  • Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success. 
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.

What can you do? 

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school everyday, make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.

      We appreciate your support. If you need anything or have any questions, please feel free to contact your student's administrator or counselor.

Student Rights and Responsiblities

Each year in FCPS students receive an SR&R refresher.  This refresher is shorter than the session students received at the beginning of the year and will be conducted via a PowerPoint presentation in classes on February 19th during Return 3. Students will be asked to complete a short quiz at the end of the SR&R session.

February Faculty Meeting Share Fair

Teachers and staff shared strategies they are using for quality Tier 1 instruction and targeted Tier 2 intervention, including engaging tech tools for blended learning and scaffolds to ensure mastery of essential standards accessible to ALL!

Celebrating Justice HS Teachers

Our wonderful Justice Staff was treated to a Valentine breakfast by the Social Committee. Thank you for all you do!

Band News

      Congratulations to  Benji Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Alberto Mendez. They made All-District Honors Jazz Band. The event was held January 23rd-25th at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes Upper School.

     Also, Congratulations to the following band members. They made District Honor Band and performed on January 30-February 1st at Hayfield Secondary School.

 

Kaila Bertha                                Nicole Panelo

Bruce Chambi-Rocha                 Eaden Seleba 

AJ Farkas                                   Julia Short

Annik Fus                                   Jimmy Sidney

Mattie Lambert                           Miguel Siles

Benji Loeffler                              Levi St. Lawrence

Sam Loeffler                              Lincoln Trissell

Kevin Ma                                   Max Van Zandt

Alberto Mendez                         Francis (Nico) Panelo

Kyle Wilson                                Tim Wilson

Chorus News

Congratulations to these students who were selected for the for the All-VA Chorus:

  • Sophie Briscombe - Alto 2 in the SSAA choir
  • Darien Roby - Bass 1 in the SATB choir

Also, the following singers were selected as alternates:

  • Maggie Rutherford - Alto 1, 2nd alternate
  • Will Mayer - Bass 2, 1st alternate
  • Liam Bates - Bass 2, 2nd alternate

 

More than 110 students auditioned from District Ten, with 24 advancing to All-VA. So very proud of these young artists.

Justice HS International Night

International Night is Thursday, March 26th from 5:30-8 pm.  Free international dinner with food prepared by our diverse community in the cafeteria.  Dinner will be followed by a fashion show and cultural performances in the auditorium.  Please join us with your families.  Encourage your students to go.  Participate in the fashion show (students and teachers.)  Finally, bring a dish to share! 

(Everyone) Commit to donate food here:  https://forms.gle/bft7csbV5QWt5nRR7

(Students and teachers only) Enter in the fashion show here:  https://forms.gle/rGZNjzBfL1gVTKfR7

2019-20 Yearbook Sales

Purchase your 2019-2020 Yearbook Today for $70 while supplies last!

Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118

Or send cash/check to Ms. Pierce in room D50”

Upcoming Wolfpack Theatre Production

Save the date for the spring Wolfpack Theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream coming March 19-21.  The cast and crew are working toward a fantastic show!  Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for general admission.  

Justice High School Scholarship Fund Information Session

The Justice High School Scholarship Fund provides need-based scholarships for Justice High School graduates pursuing post-secondary education. Students are invited to an information session on February 27 during Return Period in the Career Center J207H where they will find out how to apply, as well as what documents needed and what scholarships available. https://www.jhsscholars.org/

Student Graduation Speaker Application

Planning for the Class of 2020 Graduation is well underway! As a reminder, graduation will be held on Monday, June 8th at 2:00 p.m. at Eagle Bank Arena. During the graduation ceremony, there is one student speech. Seniors who are interested in applying to give the student speech must complete the Graduation Student Speaker Application by March 6 (students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form).

College Entrance Testing (SAT/ACT)

The registration deadline for the April 4 ACT is February 28. For test dates, registration and score reporting, students should visit: SAT – www.collegeboard.org or ACT – www.actstudent.org. Both the College Board (SAT, PSAT, AP) and ACT have established policies and deadlines for students with a professionally diagnosed and documented disability who apply for reasonable accommodations. For more information, please contact Beth Marino, the Justice HS Special Education Resource Teacher at eemarino@fcps.edu

Wellness Screening - Class of 2023

The teen years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for teens, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal turmoil; however, symptoms of depression can be serious and are known risk factors for suicide. To proactively address this issue, Justice HS School is offering a wellness screening for 9th grade students in March as part of the Signs of Suicide® (SOS) Prevention Program. Parents of students in the class of 2023 will be receiving more information through the mail. For more information, please contact Chrissy Spaulding, Director of Student Services, at caspaulding@fcps.edu

Senior Mid Year (7th Semester) Reports

7th semester/mid year grade reports are in the process of being sent for seniors who have already applied to colleges. No additional paperwork from students or colleges is needed to process these reports. Seniors may come across documents titled “Mid Year Report” or something similar. School counselors do not need this form and the mid year grade reports will be processed without this form. Reports will be submitted no later than Tuesday, February 18. Typically in early February, seniors will begin hearing from colleges that mid year information is needed. It can take the colleges a while to go through their mail, process it, and mark as received in their system. The FCPS Office of School Counseling Services communicates FCPS timelines to all Virginia public and private two-and-four year colleges. We thank you for your patience as the colleges process this important information.

Super Transition Saturday

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Career and Transition Services (CTS), the FCPS Parent Resource Center, and several Fairfax County adult service providers will host “Super Transition Saturday” from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School. This is a free event for parents/guardians and educators of students of all ages with IEPs. Breakout sessions will cover postsecondary education support, the importance of student self-determination beginning in the elementary years, employment support programs, future planning considerations, such as funding needed for services, and CTS support services that are available to students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond. A highlight of the day is a parent/guardian and student panel representing a range of challenges and successes. Members of the panel will convey personal experiences and answer parent/guardian and student questions from their perspectives of having been through the transition process. The snow date is March 14, 2020

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Prince George’s County College Fair

NACAC is hosting a college fair in our area that is free and open to the public: Friday, April 3, 2020, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex. To register, visit: gotomyncf.com

College Partnership Program (CPP) Application

The CPP application is now available for students (students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the form). APPLY NOW! The primary goal of CPP is to increase the number of students, particularly first-generation and minority students, who enroll and succeed in college. Services provided by the College Partnership Program include: college visits, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, monthly meetings, parent education sessions, SAT preparation classes, and a summer overnight experience on a college campus. Any student may apply. A typical CPP student represents a traditionally underrepresented population in higher education (first generation, African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic,English learners, students with disabilities, or economically disadvantaged), demonstrates the ability to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in core classes (weighted), is willing to pursue advanced coursework, and demonstrates leadership in school or community activities. Contact your child’s school counselor for more information. Applications are due March 18, 2020

2020 IBMA College Fair

Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Association of IB World Schools. Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA, Saturday March 28, 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. 150+ colleges and universities from the US, Canada and beyond will be in attendance. Special topic sessions run throughout the day: Financial Aid, The Scholarship Search Process, Applying to Schools Outside of the US, Getting the Most for Your IB Credits, and Regional Community College Opportunities. The fair is open to the public. Visit www.ibmidatlantic.org/Fair.html for more information.

The 2020-21 FAFSA Form Is Now Available; College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

Parents of high school seniors—did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is open and most colleges require that the FAFSA be completed by March 1 to receive the maximum financial aid possible starting in fall of 2020? Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines. Parents and students should start by creating a FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA. Additional links can be found on the FCPS FAFSA website.

Need help completing and submitting the FAFSA? There are several FAFSA workshops remaining this school year:

  • February 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Annandale High School.
  • April 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Annandale High School.
  • April 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School.

Register to attend the FAFSA workshops at the College Access Fairfax website. Families can contact their high school's career center specialist or school counselor if they need additional help.   

Boys State and Girls State

Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary for high school juniors. Justice HS has the opportunity to send 3 boys and 4 girls to these summer programs which will be held on June 21-27, 2020 at Radford University for Boys State and Longwood University for Girls State. Activities at the Boys/Girls State include a number of political activities such as running for office, electing officials, drafting and debating bills. There are also creative and fun activities such as band, choir and athletic competition. Interested students must be currently in 11th grade and expected to graduate from high school next year. They must also have strong leadership and public speaking skills and an interest in government and politics. Selection is highly-competitive. Students may contact their school counselor to apply or receive more information.

Parent Resource Center Upcoming Workshops/You Tube Channel

The Parent Resource YouTube channel has new workshops being added every month. Workshops from the FCPS Parent Resource Center in Dunn Loring:.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents, February 18, 2020, 10 AM - Noon
  • Parenting Your Teen While Keeping Your Sanity, February 21, 2020, 10 am - Noon
  • Career and Transition Services Super Transition Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School
  • Adversity and Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilient Communities, February 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School, Friday, March 6, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Drugs, Alcohol, and Vaping, What Every Parent Needs to Know, Friday, March 20, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Launching Your Adolescent into Adulthood, Friday, March 27, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Fitness Activities: A Parent’s Guide to Getting your Child Moving, Friday, March 31, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
Important Dates

February 17 - Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day - School Holiday

February 19-21 - Justice Art Show - Little Theater - Parents can sign in at the office and view the art in the Little Theater between 8:30am and 2:30 pm on 2/19 and 2/20

February 25 - Pre-Assessment Band Concert @ 7:00 PM

February 25-27 - Pyramid Art Show - Little Theater

February 26 - Pre-Assessment Band Concert-2 @ 7:00 PM

February 27 - Pyramid Art Show Reception @ 6:00 - 8:00 PM

March 19-21 - Wolfpack Theatre Production Midsummer Night's Dream

March 23-27 - IB Art Show 

March 27 - IB Art Show Reception 6:30 -8:30pm.

June 8th  @ 2pm  Eagle Bank Arena - Graduation

 

To view all of the Justice calendars (activities, schedules, etc.), please click here. 

Quick Links

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

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