Justice Newsletter - October 13, 2019

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"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

      We had a wonderful homecoming week! Below are some photo highlights.

       Monday is a student holiday and a teacher planning day. Our teachers will be participating in a day of professional development focused on best instructional practices. Topics include; small group instruction, how to design formative assessments, write to learn strategies, student discourse, data driven instruction, scaffolds and non-fiction reading strategies. We look forward to welcoming our students back on Tuesday.

      On Wednesday, 10th and 11th grade students will participate in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). In addition to the PSAT, we have a number of activities planned and taking place for our 9th and 12th grade students. This is a two hour early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:55 PM. 

       As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or school staff. We are happy to help.

Fairfax County Youth Survey

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported. The survey will be given to students during English class. The survey will be administered between November 6-15, 2019.

If you do not wish for your student to take part in the survey, please complete the opt out form and return it to your student's school counselor no later than November 5, 2019. The link below has additional information about the survey (Fairfax County Youth Survey Information).

Freshmen Academic Career Plan Lessons

On Wednesday, October 16th, PSAT Day, freshmen will be participating in lessons that will provide time to reflect on their first months of high school, and work with teachers to use the Naviance Student application to learn how to master homework, discover core interests, and set goals for the future. Through these lessons, students will complete tasks that are a part of the FCPS Academic Career Plan

Health Insurance Enrollment Day - INOVA

INOVA Partnership for Healthier Kids will be at Justice to enroll children and adults in healthcare on October 25th, November 22nd and December 20th, from  8:30 – 2:30 in the student services conference room.

If you have any questions, please call 703-698-2550.

DECA: You Be The Judge

We need judges for our upcoming DECA competition. As you play the role of a customer, employee, or manager, you will rate student participants as they solve real life business situations. Your expertise is needed to evaluate these high school marketing students during the DECA Regional District Competition. The students are competing for honors and the opportunity to advance to the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia in March 2020.

 

FAIRFAX COUNTY DECA REGIONAL DISTRICT COMPETITION

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2019

Dulles Expo Center 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center

Chantilly, Virginia 20151

JUDGE ORIENTATION – Noon (12:00 PM)

 

Competitions should be completed no later than 4:30 pm. To register as a judge, please go to the below Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/FCPSDECAFY20 

Senior Transcripts/Letters of Recommendation

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

Senior Parent Coffee

Please join us for our next scheduled coffee on Friday, October 25th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the Career Center (J207H in the library). 

Student Services - College Assistance

Your Justice HS Student Services team provides college, career, financial aid and scholarship counseling for FREE! We are here to help you get through the college process in any way we can. We want all of our students to be successful in their lives after high school, and we'll work as a team with you to make that happen. There are many private companies who offer PAID college and financial aid services to students and their families. They often invite you to attend a "free" workshop, and, at the meeting, they will want you to register for their paid services. They may also say something about how important this meeting is to determine your eligibility for financial aid and admissions, and may promise that their clients always receive financial aid. Please be an informed consumer! Check their ratings from the Better Business Bureau and online and don't sign up for anything without doing your research first. Information on scholarships, financial aid and college can always be found for FREE - you do not need to pay for it. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor.

College Visits

Representatives from the following colleges are visiting Justice HS this week: William & Mary, Boston College, St. Olaf College, Ursinus College, Hood College, Bridgewater College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Clark University, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Hollins University, Mount St. Joseph University, and Guilford College. Students may access the entire schedule and register for visits through Naviance Student, accessed through their Blackboard account.

College Fair & College Night

FCPS HS students and their families are invited to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20th at Fair Oaks Mall and College Night on Monday, October 21st at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges and military academies. In addition, College Night provides a variety of college readiness workshops. Click here for more information and to register

FAFSA Completion Clinic

Join us on October 19, 9:00 am-12:00 pm in the Justice HS library to receive assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA gives students access to a source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. It is now available for seniors attending college in the fall of 2020.

College Access Fairfax Scholarships

CAF offers several scholarships to FCPS students and Justice HS students have won several of these scholarships in the past. Application submissions open on October 15. Visit the website for more information https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/scholarships/

Parent Resource Center Upcoming Workshops

Workshops from the FCPS Parent Resource Center in Dunn Loring:

  • Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse and Today’s Youth, Friday, October 18, 10-noon
  • Helping your Child Cope with Stress, Friday, October 25, 10-noon
  • Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope, Friday, November 1, 10-noon
  • Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs, Friday, November 22, 10-noon
VCU Latino College Event

Primeros Pasos is a one-day program designed to provide Latino high school students and their families with an overview of the college experience and opportunities in higher education. Virginia Commonwealth University students, parents, administrators, faculty and alumni will be available throughout the day to welcome students and share their personal experiences. The day will feature interactive sessions for both students and parents. There is no cost to attend this event. For more information and to RSVP visit the event page http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/primerospasos/

Save the Date - Wolfpack Theatre Important Dates

October 14 - Student Holiday/Teacher Planning Day

October 16 - PSAT - 2 hour early release - Students released at 12:55 PM

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

November 4-5 - Student Holidays

November 6-8 - Credit Exam for World Languages (various locations)

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

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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"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." ~ Thomas Edison

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

       I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.        

      Justice High School has been selected to receive the Superintendent’s Excellence in Equity Award. The award recognizes schools who have made significant gains in closing student achievement gaps as well as increasing overall SOL pass rates for all students in math and reading during the 2018-19 school year. We will be recognized at the School Board meeting on October 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

       Recently I read a study on adolescent literacy. Did you know that the older your student gets, the less they tend to read for pleasure. The study found that one in every three teenagers has not read a book for pleasure in a year. Reading is a skill that needs practice to develop. Students who read for pleasure show stronger reading comprehension skills, writing skills and overall tend to do better in school. Please encourage your student to take the time to enjoy a good book. Consider reading alongside with them. If you are not sure what books might be a good match for your student, visit the American Library Association  for recent "teens" top ten lists of books voted by other teens.

       As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or school staff. We are happy to help.

Spirit Week and Homecoming

Homecoming is this week. The festivities kick off on Monday with our spirit week. See schedule below. This year’s theme is Hollywood Movie Premier featuring four big movie franchises: Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Porter, Star Wars and Marvel. We encourage students to participate in Spirit Week.

  • Monday: Pajama Day
  • Tuesday: Class Theme Day – 9th-Pirates of the Caribbean, 10th-Harry Potter, 11th-Star Wars, 12th-Marvel
  • Wednesday: Pink Out
  • Thursday: Rep your favorite team day – Wear a jersey or team t-shirt.
  • Friday: Class Color Day – 9th-Greay, 10th-White, 11th-Navy Blue, 12th-Red

Join us at the Homecoming Football Game Friday night at 7:00pm. Go Wolves!!  Saturday is our Homecoming Dance from 8-11pm. .

FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. This year the following Justice staff members have been recognized for the month of September:

  • Jessica Milliken
  • Sonia Dergam Guzman
  • Brooke Gehenio

Congratulations!

You can acknowledge a Justice/FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond. Please click here for the FCPS nominations page.

Save the Date - Wolfpack Theatre Free & Reduced Priced Meals

We have many families who have not reapplied for the Free and Reduce Meals Program. This process requires families to apply at the beginning of every school year.  If families do not reapply their number will be inactivated in early October. The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online for faster processing. Please also complete the consent to share information as this can allow the school to waive course fees and receive reduced fees for other activities. More information and a link to the application can be found at:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program

Seniors interested in applying to the NOVA Pathways Program must attend one session during the lunch block in the Career Center on Monday, October 7th. Students will be working on the online application. NOVA staff is keeping track of who is attending these workshops to help determine placement in the program. If students are not able to attend or have further questions, please see Ms. Grande in the Career Center (J207H).

Senior Transcripts/Letters of Recommendation

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

Senior Parent Coffee

Please join us for our next scheduled coffee on Friday, October 25th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the Career Center (J207H in the library). 

Naviance & College Visits

Each year about 100 colleges visit Justice HS. The schedule for college visits is available in Naviance Student which students access through their Blackboard account and parents may access through their FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View account. Once in Naviance Student, click on colleges > see a few visits > show more. Juniors and seniors can register to meet with college admissions counselors to get school information, discuss their applications and answer questions. Visits are held at different times during the school day from mid-September through mid-December and last for approximately 30 minutes. The registration on Naviance Student will serve as the student’s pass for the visit. 

College Fair & College Night

FCPS HS students and their families are invited to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20th at Fair Oaks Mall and College Night on Monday, October 21st at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges and military academies. In addition, College Night provides a variety of college readiness workshops. Click here for more information and to register

Fill in the FAFSA Completion Workshop

Families of seniors! Join us on 10/19/19 in the Justice HS Library from 9am-12pm to receive assistance applying for financial aid for college. Families must arrive by 11:30 am. There are a number of required documents that families must bring to this event. Students may check their Naviance account or stop by to see Ms. Grande in the Career Center for more information. To register, go to https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/

October Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Register for all events here - https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019

  • Mastering the Process of School: Helping Students Build Study and Organization Skills - Friday, October 11, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Moving on to Life in the Community: A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities - Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
  • Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse and Today’s Youth - Friday, October 18, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Dyslexia Open House - Thursday, October 24, 2019, 10-11 a.m.
  • Helping your Child Cope with Stress - Friday, October 25, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Future Quest:  College and Career Conference for Middle and High School Students - Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12. Online course applications are OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 10th.

Important Dates

October 14 - Student Holiday/Teacher Planning Day

October 16 - PSAT - 2 hour early release - Students released at 12:55 PM

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

November 4-5 - Student Holidays

November 6-8 - Credit Exam for World Languages (various locations)

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

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 

Justice Newsletter - September 29, 2019

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"Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way." ~ George Evans

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

       I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.

       We enjoyed meeting with our seniors' parents last week for our first parent coffee and look forward to our next scheduled parent coffee on Friday, October 25th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the Career Center (J207H in the library). 

       This Tuesday marks the beginning of Den Time intervention and enrichment cycles. This will allow students the opportunity to receive remediation based on their specific needs. In addition, students will have time to complete homework with tutor support, study for tests, or pursue another academic interest. Den days/times are on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning at 10:42 – 11:12 AM. Students will receive their Den Day locations during an orientation session on Monday. Return Time also begins this week and the return time rotation can be found on the Justice HS website.

       We continue to work with our students to ensure that they are in class on time. Our students on average have one more minute of passing time than most of the other high schools. We are one of the few schools to offer second chance breakfast. Students can choose to eat breakfast when they arrive at school as early as 7:45 AM or they can wait and grab a “go bag” breakfast at 9:38 AM.

       As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or school staff. We are happy to help.

Free & Reduced Priced Meals

Families must reapply every year to receive free or reduced meals. If families do not reapply their number will be inactivated in early October. The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online for faster processing. Please also complete the consent to share information as this can allow the school to waive course fees and receive reduced fees for other activities. More information and a link to the application can be found at:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals

PSAT Day - Scheduled Activities for 9th and 12th Grade Students

On October 16th, our 10th and 11th grade students will participate in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). In addition to the PSAT, we have a number of activities planned and taking place for our 9th and 12th grade students. Our 9th grade students will participate in activities and authentic learning experiences that are focused on continuing to support their transition to high school. Our 12th grade students will participate in a senior meeting, team-building activities, and a panel of former Justice HS students who will provide advice and answer questions to help our students navigate their senior year. The 12th grade IB diploma candidates will read, research and write so that they can meet the October 17 Extended Essay deadline, which consists of a completed extended essay draft at least 3,500 words. Attendance is required for all students and please note, that October 16th is a two hour early release day. Students will be released at 12:55 PM.

Justice HS Nomination Scholarships - Class of 2020

There are a number of scholarships that are available for seniors for which Justice HS can nominate one student for consideration. Information is available online via Naviance and in the Career Center. The Career Center will collect self-nomination forms and then a committee will determine which students move forward as the Justice HS nominee for consideration.

Senior Transcripts/Letters of Recommendation

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

World Languages Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency. Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam. Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. Students must contact their school counselor to register. More information here. 

Naviance & College Visits

Each year about 100 colleges visit Justice HS. The schedule for college visits is available in Naviance Student which students access through their Blackboard account and parents may access through their FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View account. Once in Naviance Student, click on colleges > see a few visits > show more. Juniors and seniors can register to meet with college admissions counselors to get school information, discuss their applications and answer questions. Visits are held at different times during the school day from mid-September through mid-December and last for approximately 30 minutes. The registration on Naviance Student will serve as the student’s pass for the visit. 

College Fair & College Night

FCPS HS students and their families are invited to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20th at Fair Oaks Mall and College Night on Monday, October 21st at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges and military academies. In addition, College Night provides a variety of college readiness workshops. Click here for more information and to register

Fill in the FAFSA Completion Workshop

Families of seniors! Join us on 10/19/19 in the Justice HS Library from 9am-12pm to receive assistance applying for financial aid for college. Families must arrive by 11:30 am. There are a number of required documents that families must bring to this event. Students may check their Naviance account or stop by to see Ms. Grande in the Career Center for more information. To register, go to https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/

October Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Register for all events here - https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019

  • Post-Secondary Education Options: Parent Coffee & Conference - Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • From Chaos to Calm - Thursday, October 3, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon or 6:30-8:30 p.m
  • Mastering the Process of School: Helping Students Build Study and Organization Skills - Friday, October 11, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Moving on to Life in the Community: A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities - Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
  • Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse and Today’s Youth - Friday, October 18, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Dyslexia Open House - Thursday, October 24, 2019, 10-11 a.m.
  • Helping your Child Cope with Stress - Friday, October 25, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Future Quest:  College and Career Conference for Middle and High School Students - Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12. Online course applications are OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 10th.

Business Explorations: A Conference for High School Students

Saturday, October 5th from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Virginia Tech Thinkabit Lab. Registration deadline - September 30. This is an opportunity for diverse business-focused high school students to explore the various fields of study within business. High school students will interact with Virginia Tech faculty as they explore the vast array of careers in business; develop key leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through interactive workshops; and leave with a better understanding of their skills, goals, and interests. Parents, teachers, and Program Directors are welcome and encouraged to participate in concurrent sessions! Strong candidates will be college-bound freshmen, sophomores or juniors interested in BUSINESS who fully complete the application, here - http://pampl.in/FallBusinessExplorationsRegistration. Students who participate in the Fall Conferences will be invited to apply for the Spring on-campus Business Explorations Conference (expenses paid). For questions, contact Emily McCorkle: PCOBRecruiting@vt.edu or 540-231-3379. 

Important Dates

October 14 - Student Holiday/Teacher Planning Day

October 16 - PSAT - 2 hour early release - Students released at 12:55 PM

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

November 4-5 - Student Holidays

November 6-8 - Credit Exam for World Languages (various locations)

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

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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"Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be." ~ Rita F. Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion | May 2013

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

            We had a great Back To School Night. Our faculty and staff were delighted to welcome so many families into their classroom communities.

         Our school wide Den Time lessons continue this week. Topics for this week include: our upcoming Den Day rotations, setting a postsecondary goal as part of their FCPS Academic Career Plan, becoming informed about the dangers of vaping, fun activities planned for homecoming week, and PSAT Day preparation and activities. 

         We will be conducting our second lock-down drill on Monday, September 23rd.  This will be our second required lock-down drill during the first twenty days of school.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact William Brooks, Assistant Principal.

           As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or observations, please let me know. You can also contact your student's teacher(s), counselor, or administrator.

FCPS Career Switcher Information Session – October 14, 2019

The FCPS Office of Talent Acquisition & Management (TAM) will host a Career Switcher Information Session at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center on Monday, October 14, 2019. This event will give military veterans, community members and anyone interested an opportunity to learn how to become a licensed Virginia teacher. The information session will begin with presentations from the five approved Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) career switcher programs, Educate Virginia, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Shenandoah University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Troops to Teachers will also present their program offerings to our military veteran attendees. A panel of FCPS educators will share valuable information with attendees, followed by an opportunity to network with the six presenters, the FCPS licensure team and the substitute office. Monday, October 14, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Willow Oaks Administrative Center Building 8270 / Room 1000A. Individuals interested in attending should register here.

Senior Parent Coffee

Please join the Student Services Department on Friday September 27th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the Career Center (J207H in the library). We had a successful Senior Parent College Night this past Thursday with close to 100 attendees. We will go more in depth on hot topics during the upcoming parent coffee and families will have another chance to meet with counselors and staff. Please contact Alicia Grande, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu with questions. 

Portrait and Yearbook Information

Underclassmen portraits are October 28th and 29th. Students will be photographed during their English block.

Order your 2020 Yearbook for $10 off TODAY! Yearbooks are currently $60 and can be ordered by credit card at www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118 or by cash/check to Ms. Pierce in D50. Discounted price only offered through October 1st.

Order your 2020 Senior Ads! Pay and create your Senior Ad online at www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process. Ads will be accepted through December 6th

World Languages Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency. Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam. Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. Students must contact their school counselor to register. More information here. 

Alcanza Field Trip

George Mason University cordially invites students to the 19th Annual ¡ALCANZA! College Fair geared towards the Latino student population in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.** All students are welcome to attend** Wednesday, October 23, 2019. $6.00 per student. Permission Slip and $$ Deadline 10/07/19 to Ms. Grande in the Career Center J 207 H. Preference will be given to 11th and 12th graders as only 40 spots are available. Please contact Ms. Grande at agrande@fcps.edu with any questions. 

Naviance & College Visits

Each year about 100 colleges visit Justice HS. The schedule for college visits is available in Naviance Student which students access through their Blackboard account and parents may access through their FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View account. Once in Naviance Student, click on colleges > see a few visits > show more. Juniors and seniors can register to meet with college admissions counselors to get school information, discuss their applications and answer questions. Visits are held at different times during the school day from mid-September through mid-December and last for approximately 30 minutes. The registration on Naviance Student will serve as the student’s pass for the visit. 

Scholarship, Enrichment, and Job Opportunities Available in Naviance

Naviance is a comprehensive, web-based college and career planning resource accessed through FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard). Within Naviance, students can search for scholarships, enrichment, and job opportunities by accessing the Scholarship and Enrichment database. These opportunities include paid and unpaid job experiences as well as other enrichment opportunities (e.g., camps and student workshops). Additional information for students, parents or guardians, and community members is available on the Scholarship and Enrichment Opportunities website

NOVA Pathways Info Session

Interested in going to NOVA when you graduate? If you have answered YES,attend the information session on September 25, 2019 in the Career Center during all lunches. Through the pathway program, students participate in one-on-one meetings with a Pathway Counselor to develop an individualized plan for college transition. Students are also invited to regular workshops on key transition issues, including college placement testing and financial planning.

Students will receive access to personalized assistance with applying for financial aid and scholarships, early placement testing, academic advising and priority registration, and comprehensive summer orientation programs.

College Fair & College Night

FCPS HS students and their families are invited to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20th at Fair Oaks Mall and College Night on Monday, October 21st at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges and military academies. In addition, College Night provides a variety of college readiness workshops. Click here for more information and to register

Fill in the FAFSA Completion Workshop

Families of seniors! Join us on 10/19/19 in the Justice HS Library from 9am-12pm to receive assistance applying for financial aid for college. Families must arrive by 11:30 am. There are a number of required documents that families must bring to this event. Students may check their Naviance account or stop by to see Ms. Grande in the Career Center for more information. To register, go to https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/

October Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Register for all events here - https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019

  • Post-Secondary Education Options: Parent Coffee & Conference - Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • From Chaos to Calm - Thursday, October 3, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon or 6:30-8:30 p.m
  • Mastering the Process of School: Helping Students Build Study and Organization Skills - Friday, October 11, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Moving on to Life in the Community: A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities - Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
  • Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse and Today’s Youth - Friday, October 18, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Dyslexia Open House - Thursday, October 24, 2019, 10-11 a.m.
  • Helping your Child Cope with Stress - Friday, October 25, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Future Quest:  College and Career Conference for Middle and High School Students - Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12. Online course applications are OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 10th.

 

Hope For Grieving Families Upcoming Event

Hope For Grieving Families is committed to creating a supportive community for families with children who have lost a parent, parental figure, or sibling.  Please see www.hopeforgrievingfamilies.org for more information. Hope Family Fun Festival  November 24 Cunningham Park Elementary https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4CAFAF2BAAFD0-hope.

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5

Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

Important Dates

October 14 - Student Holiday/Teacher Planning Day

October 16 - PSAT - 2 hour early release - Students released at 12:55 PM

November 4-5 - Student Holidays

November 6-8 - Credit Exam for World Languages (various locations)

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

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Justice Newsletter - September 15, 2019

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“Success is not an accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

― Pele

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

   

         We are looking forward to next week. On Tuesday, Constitution Day, September 17th at 10:10 AM, Douglas H. Ginsburg, a Federal Judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, will be speaking to an audience of our students at Justice High School for a Facebook Live event about how the Constitution applies to their everyday lives. Judge Ginsburg, a constitutional expert with 30 years of experience, promises to inspire our students to start talking about the document that governs those who govern us. If you would like to watch on Facebook, please register here.

       We also have our Back To School Night scheduled for this Thursday. Our faculty and staff are looking forward to meeting you and sharing their content curriculum and class goals for this school year. Additional information is provided in the BTSN article below.

         Our school wide Den Time lessons continue this week and will focus on behavior expectations, attendance (including a poster contest!), Digital Citizenship, and sportsmanship so that students are ready to support the Wolves during their next home varsity football game this upcoming Friday. 

          On September 16th and September 23rd respectively, our school will conduct lock-down drills.  Per Virginia State code- In every public school there shall be a lock-down drill at least twice during the first 20 school days of each school session, in order that students may be thoroughly practiced in such drills. Every public school shall hold at least two additional lock-down drills during the remainder of the school session. Lock-down plans and drills shall be in compliance with the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (§ 27-94 et seq. ). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact William Brooks, Assistant Principal.

           As always, if you have any questions, concerns, compliments, or observations, please let me know. You can also contact your student's teacher(s), counselor, or administrator.

Back To School Night

 Back to School Night is scheduled for September 19. Families are invited to join us beginning at 5:30 pm in the aux gym to explore clubs, activities and PTSA membership. We will also have information regarding Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum in the library at 6:00 PM. Beginning at 6:30, parents will follow an abbreviated version of their student’s schedule. Use this organizer to plan your night.

Metrobus Student Passes

In Summer 2018, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the WMATA Board approved a pilot program to allow students who attend Justice High School to ride certain Northern Virginia Metrobus routes for free using a specially designed and programmed SmarTrip card. The Student Pass SmarTrip card can ONLY be used on Fairfax Connector, City of Fairfax CUE and specific Northern Virginia Metrobus routes listed in the table below. To request a pass, students must complete the permission form available on the Justice HS Announcements Google site (only accessible using student @fcpsschools.net accounts) or in Student Services to request a pass. For more information, please visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/student-pass/pilot or contact Chrissy Spaulding at caspaulding@fcps.edu.

Lockers

Students must complete the Locker Request Form available on the Justice HS Announcements Google site (only accessible using student @fcpsschools.net accounts) in order to request a locker. Please allow 5 school days to process your request. If approved, the student’s locker number and combination will be emailed to their fcpsschools.net account.

Youth Night at Justice High School Youth Night @ Justice

Justice High School will be hosting our annual “Youth Night” at our Varsity Football Game on Friday September 20th @ 7:00 PM. All staff, families, and students are invited from our feeder schools! We are looking forward to a great night for our school pyramid and our community. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads for sponsoring this event.

World Languages Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency. Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam. Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. Students must contact their school counselor to register. More information here. 

PSAT - October 16

On October 16th, our 10th and 11th grade students will participate in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). In addition to the PSAT, we have a number of activities planned and taking place for our 9th and 12th grade students. Our 9th grade students will participate in activities and authentic learning experiences that are focused on continuing to support their transition to high school. Our 12th grade students will participate in a senior meeting, team-building activities, and a panel of former Justice HS students who will provide advice and answer questions to help our students navigate their senior year. The 12th grade IB diploma candidates will read, research and write so that they can meet the October 17 Extended Essay deadline, which consists of a completed extended essay draft at least 3,500 words. Attendance is required for all students. Please note, October 16th is a two hour early release day. Students will be released at 12:55 PM.

Portrait and Yearbook Information

Senior portraits are September 16th and 17th from 8:30-3:00pm in the Little Theater. Seniors have been mailed an appointment card to their houses. Seniors can check the schedule posted outside of room D50 for their appointment times.

Underclassmen portraits are October 1st and 2nd. Students will be photographed during their English block.

Order your 2020 Yearbook for $10 off TODAY! Yearbooks are currently $60 and can be ordered by credit card at www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118 or by cash/check to Ms. Pierce in D50. Discounted price only offered through October 1st.

Order your 2020 Senior Ads! Pay and create your Senior Ad online at www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process. Ads will be accepted through December 6th

Senior Parent Coffee

Please join the Student Services Department on Friday September 27th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the Career Center (J207H in the library). We had a successful Senior Parent College Night this past Thursday with close to 100 attendees. We will go more in depth on hot topics during the upcoming parent coffee and families will have another chance to meet with counselors and staff. Please contact Alicia Grande, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu with questions.

Naviance & College Visits

Each year about 100 colleges visit Justice HS. The schedule for college visits is available in Naviance Student which students access through their Blackboard account and parents may access through their FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View account. Once in Naviance Student, click on colleges > see a few visits > show more. Juniors and seniors can register to meet with college admissions counselors to get school information, discuss their applications and answer questions. Visits are held at different times during the school day from mid-September through mid-December and last for approximately 30 minutes. The registration on Naviance Student will serve as the student’s pass for the visit. 

Senior Transcripts/Letters of Recommendation

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

College Entrance Testing (SAT / ACT)

Most four-year colleges and universities require the college entrance exam scores as part of the application.

College Fair & College Night

FCPS HS students and their families are invited to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20th at Fair Oaks Mall and College Night on Monday, October 21st at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges and military academies. In addition, College Night provides a variety of college readiness workshops. Click here for more information and to register.

October Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Register for all events here - https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019

  • Post-Secondary Education Options: Parent Coffee & Conference - Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • From Chaos to Calm - Thursday, October 3, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon or 6:30-8:30 p.m
  • Mastering the Process of School: Helping Students Build Study and Organization Skills - Friday, October 11, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Moving on to Life in the Community: A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities - Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
  • Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse and Today’s Youth - Friday, October 18, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Dyslexia Open House - Thursday, October 24, 2019, 10-11 a.m.
  • Helping your Child Cope with Stress - Friday, October 25, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Future Quest:  College and Career Conference for Middle and High School Students - Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free NASA STEM Opportunities for Virginia High School Students!

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12. Online course applications are OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 10th.

  • Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/
  • Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits.  http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/
  • Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) – This interactive online earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students features NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center.  http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS

NASA Invites Students to Name Next Mars Rover - To enter the contest, students must submit by Nov. 1 their proposed rover name and a short essay, no more than 150 words, explaining why their proposed name should be chosen. For complete contest and prize details, visit: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/participate/name-the-rover/. Register to be a Judge: NASA is seeking volunteers to help judge the thousands of contest entries anticipated to pour in from around the country. U.S. residents over 18 years old who are interested in offering approximately five hours of their time to review submissions should register to be a judge at: https://www.futureengineers.org/registration/judge/nametherover.

Bands at the Beach September 21, Lake Barcroft, Beach 5

The Justice HS Scholarship Fund will hold its third-annual Bands at the Beach fundraiser on September 21 from 4pm until 7pm.

This fundraiser helps to support scholarships for Justice HS seniors. The event includes a food truck, desserts, beverages, and of course, a variety of bands. Advance tickets are available for purchase online: www.jhsscholars.org/tickets. BONUS: Special price for Justice Pyramid staff and students or just $10/ticket. Questions? Contact JHS Parent and JHS Scholars Board Member, Tara Rethore: tjreth@gmail.com

Important Dates

September 19 - Back to School Night (5:30 Clubs; 6:00 PM FLE: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM classroom sessions)

September 20 - Celebrate Youth Night @ Varsity Football Game - 7:00 PM

September 21 - Bands at the Beach Fundraiser

October 14 - Student Holiday/Teacher Planning Day

October 16 - PSAT - 2 hour early release - Students released at 12:55 PM

 

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

 

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Attendance: 703.824.3920 | Web 

Justice Newsletter - September 8, 2019

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“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.” ~ Conrad Hall

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

   

       It is hard to believe that we are entering our third week of school! Our students have come in ready to learn and we have settled into the daily routines. Please remember that you play a vital role in your student’s success at school. You can help by asking your child about his/her day, ensuring that he/she arrives to school on time and following up with teachers and/or counselors as soon as you have a question or concern. Thank you for all your support!

       Next week, we begin our tardy sweeps. Tardy sweeps are unannounced checks throughout the day to ensure that all students are getting to class on time. Students who are late to class during a tardy sweep receive a warning. Students who accumulate 3 warnings during each school calendar quarter, will be assigned an after-school detention. We are also working to make sure students arrive to school by no later than 8:10AM. This is when the morning bell rings and the start of 1st/2nd period.

       For our students to fully benefit from their learning experience, attendance is vital. Once a child is behind in class it is difficult to catch up. Here are some keys to classroom success:

  • Students show up and be on time.
  • If your child needs to be absent, please prearrange with the office and their teachers.
  • Do not let absences accumulate. We encourage that you make appointments outside of school time
  • Tardies affect our students too. Being on time is as important as being present.

         This week during our Den Time, students will be learning about perseverance and the school's honor code. Perseverance speaks to a refusal to give up the pursuit of a goal despite difficulties.  It involves the ability to see failure as a positive learning experience and empowers the student to try and try again until the learning goal is attained.  Perseverant students understand the value of hard work, hone their problem-solving skills and take responsibility for their own academic progress. Student perseverance is firmly rooted in the domain of social and emotional learning. It helps students shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

     As always, if you have any questions, concerns, compliments, or observations, please let me know. You can also contact your student's   teacher(s), counselor, or administrator.

Back To School Night

 Back to School Night is scheduled for September 19. Families are invited to join us beginning at 5:30 pm in the aux gym to explore clubs, activities and PTSA membership. We will also have information regarding Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum in the library at 6:00 PM. Beginning at 6:30, parents will follow an abbreviated version of their student’s schedule. Use this organizer to plan your night.

Student Services Senior Unit

On September 11& 12th, 2019  the Student Services department will provide a presentation to seniors through their Social Studies class.

  • Seniors will learn about various post-secondary options such as attending a 4-year university, a community college, joining the military and/ or apprenticeship programs.
  • Students will have an opportunity to meet with their counselor to review the following but not limited to: transcripts, diploma type, senior contract, signing up for an individual meeting with their counselor, and answer any questions they may have about their senior year.
  • Senior Packet due: 9/13/19 – Senior Packets can be found on the student’s school counselor’s Google Classroom page.
Register Now For September Workshops

Getting Past Procrastination: How to Get Your Kids Organized, Focused, and Motivated...Without Being the Bad Guy, Friday, September 20 2019 10 a.m.-noon

Like any parent, you want your child to succeed. The problem is, otherwise smart and capable kids frequently find themselves stuck in a tumultuous, never-ending struggle with procrastination, motivation, and organization. Register

 

Voices from the IEP Table: Perspectives on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families, Friday, September 27, 2019 10 a.m.-noon

This workshop explores the individual perspectives of IEP meeting participants who work with students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Register

PSAT - October 16

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and across the United States, students in grades 10 and 11 will take a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on October 16, 2019. FCPS will provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test designed to promote college readiness while preparing students for college entrance assessments. It measures evidence-based reading, writing and language, and mathematics with a focus on reasoning skills, knowledge, and comprehension. These are all skills that are important for college and career readiness.

Students taking the PSAT/NMSQT complete a pre-survey. The pre-survey questions (#15-23) are designed by the College Board to help connect students with colleges and additional scholarship opportunities. Through Student Search Service, answers to these questions may be shared with nonprofit educational organizations. The College Board strongly recommends that students answer all pre-survey questions, because the answers guide school counselors in helping students plan their future and help the College Board ensure that the PSAT assessments are fair and accurate for all students. However, parents may opt out their student from answering some of the pre-survey demographic questions asked on the test.  Click here for the opt-out form. Here is an example of the pre-survey questions. 

 

Please note, that October 16th is a two hour early release day. Students will be released at 12:55 PM.

Senior Parent College Planning Info Night

On Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, parents of seniors are invited to hear from college representatives and Student Services staff about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their seniors in the college process.

AP Exams

If your student wishes to take one or more AP exams as a non-enrolled student (not enrolled in corresponding AP course), then they will need to pay $94 per exam before the test is ordered.  Click here for the non-enrolled opt in form and it must be returned by October 25 with cash or check payable to Justice High School.  Please remember FCPS will only pay for the first 6 exams that are associated with an AP/IB course enrollment.  If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the AP Coordinator, Shelley Terry at sdterry@fcps.edu or 703-824-3998.

Bands at the Beach September 21, Lake Barcroft, Beach 5

The Justice HS Scholarship Fund will hold its third-annual Bands at the Beach fundraiser on September 21 from 4pm until 7pm.

This fundraiser helps to support scholarships for Justice HS seniors. The event includes a food truck, desserts, beverages, and of course, a variety of bands. Advance tickets are available for purchase online: www.jhsscholars.org/tickets. BONUS: Special price for Justice Pyramid staff and students or just $10/ticket. Questions? Contact JHS Parent and JHS Scholars Board Member, Tara Rethore: tjreth@gmail.com

Important Dates

September 11 - PTSA meeting at 7:00 PM in the Library

September 12 - Senior Parent College Planning Information Night

September 19 - Back to School Night (5:30 Clubs; 6:00 PM FLE: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM classroom sessions)

September 21 - Bands at the Beach Fundraiser

October 14 - Student Holiday/Teacher Planning Day

October 16 - 2 hour early release - Students released at 12:55 PM

 

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

 

Quick Links

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Attendance: 703.824.3920 | Web 

A Note Regarding College Board AP Exam Schedule and Fees

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Dear Justice Parents:

         I want to take this opportunity to inform you all of two changes in College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program, beginning this new school year.

            As you know, students are issued a school laptop for their use throughout the year. Coincidentally, College Board has also moved to an online platform. This new platform provides online resources to students in the form of progress checks, a question bank of previously released questions, and links to additional resources for more in-depth investigation. All AP teachers are enrolled in the program and will give their students a join code for their course so they can access the materials. We are thrilled by what we have seen available through this new platform and are fortunate that it dovetails so neatly with the student issued laptops.

            Secondly, with the new online platform, students are being asked to commit to taking the AP exams for their course earlier than before: October 25th.   The opt-out letters will be sent home the week of October 1 and will be due by October 25th.  Fairfax County Public Schools will pay for the first 6 AP exams for the associated course of a student’s school career, and any additional exams are now $94. Additionally, if your student wishes to take one or more AP exams as a non-enrolled student (not enrolled in corresponding AP course), then they will need to pay $94 per exam before the test is ordered. Students, teachers and counselors have been apprised of this opt in procedure for non-enrolled students.   The non-enrolled opt in form can be picked up in H135 and is due by October 25 with check payable to Justice High School.

         We will be communicating throughout the year to remind you of due dates. If you have questions about the new AP format, processes, or fees please email our Assessment Coach, Shelley Terry, at sdterry@fcps.edu.

 

Sincerely,

Maria V. Eck

Principal

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Justice Newsletter - September 2, 2019

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“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~ Albert Einstein

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

     We had a great start to our school year. Students and teachers spent time the first week getting to know one another and learn classroom procedures and routines. With close to 2200 students, arrival and dismissal were extremely busy, but seem to pick up speed every day. Thank you for your patience in Kiss and Ride. Please do not drop off students in the middle of the street but rather at the drop off point. We are working hard at making Kiss and Ride safe and efficient for all students.

 

     Back to School Night is scheduled for September 19. Families are invited to join us beginning at 5:30 pm in the aux gym to explore clubs, activities and PTSA membership. We will also have information regarding Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum in the library at 6:00 PM. Beginning at 6:30, parents will follow their student’s schedule. During this time, your student’s teachers will explain their goals for the class and for your student. They’ll share information about their teaching style and methodology, how they grade and the requirements for a good grade. More detail information regarding scheduled start and end times will be released in next week’s newsletter.

 

     This week during our Den Time, students will be reviewing SR& R. The Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your student so that he or she is well prepared for success during the school year. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources. Please sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document, as required by law, and return the signed signature sheet to school. The signature sheet is due back to your student's third period teacher by no later that Friday, September 6th.

 

     As always, if you have any questions, concerns, compliments, or observations, please let me know. You can also contact your student's   teacher(s), counselor, or administrator.

Student Services Senior Unit

On September 11& 12th, 2019  the Student Services department will provide a presentation to seniors through their Social Studies class.

  • Seniors will learn about various post-secondary options such as attending a 4-year university, a community college, joining the military and/ or apprenticeship programs.
  • Students will have an opportunity to meet with their counselor to review the following but not limited to: transcripts, diploma type, senior contract, signing up for an individual meeting with their counselor, and answer any questions they may have about their senior year.
  • Senior Packet due: 9/13/19 – Senior Packets can be found on the student’s school counselor’s Google Classroom page.
SIS Grade Books

SIS Grade Books will be open for StudentVue and ParentVue access on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:00 am. The SIS Parent Account provides up to date parent and guardian access to their child’s student information, including attendance, report cards, class schedules, gradebook, course history, discipline, health, and school information, establishing another form of communication between home and school. Parents use the same username and password as the login for both SIS and FCPS 24-7 Learning. To create an account that will allow access to both, parents should contact Amanda Armitage at amarmitage@fcps.edu for an activation key. Parents with SIS Parents Accounts will automatically receive regular email progress reports with course grades to date beginning on Monday, September 9, 2019. Parents may log into their account to set their delivery preferences.

Free & Reduced Priced Meals

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online for faster processing. Families must reapply every year to receive free or reduced meals. If families do not reapply their number will be inactivated in early October. Please also complete the consent to share information as this can allow the school to waive course fees and receive reduced fees for other activities. More information and a link to the application can be found at:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals

Request to Expunge High School Course Taken in Middle School – Current 9th Grade Students Only

Parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school may request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. For courses completed in 8th grade, parents of current freshmen must make the request no later than the end of the first quarter. Once expunged, a course cannot be reinstated. The Request to Expunge form must be completed to make this request. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to discuss expunging a course. 

Register Now For September Workshops

Getting Past Procrastination: How to Get Your Kids Organized, Focused, and Motivated...Without Being the Bad Guy, Friday, September 20 2019 10 a.m.-noon

Like any parent, you want your child to succeed. The problem is, otherwise smart and capable kids frequently find themselves stuck in a tumultuous, never-ending struggle with procrastination, motivation, and organization. Register

 

Voices from the IEP Table: Perspectives on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families, Friday, September 27, 2019 10 a.m.-noon

This workshop explores the individual perspectives of IEP meeting participants who work with students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Register

Senior Parent College Planning Info Night

On Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, parents of seniors are invited to hear from college representatives and Student Services staff about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their seniors in the college process.

A message from our Drama Boosters

Auditions for the fall musical "Anything Goes" will be held on August 29 and September 3 from 3:15-6:00 p.m. in the Black Box (B-28).  Performances are Nov. 14th to 16th at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16th.

 

The Drama Boosters will be holding their first meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4th at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre.  All interested parents are invited to attend!"

 

Bands at the Beach September 21, Lake Barcroft, Beach 5

The Justice HS Scholarship Fund will hold its third-annual Bands at the Beach fundraiser on September 21 from 4pm until 7pm.

This fundraiser helps to support scholarships for Justice HS seniors. The event includes a food truck, desserts, beverages, and of course, a variety of bands. Advance tickets are available for purchase online: www.jhsscholars.org/tickets. BONUS: Special price for Justice Pyramid staff and students or just $10/ticket. Questions? Contact JHS Parent and JHS Scholars Board Member, Tara Rethore: tjreth@gmail.com

Important Dates

September 12 - Senior Parent College Planning Information Night

September 19 - Back to School Night (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

September 21 - Bands at the Beach Fundraiser

 

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 - August 25, 2019

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“Education breeds confidence; confidence breeds hope; hope breeds peace.” ~ Confucius

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

     Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!  I hope you found your summer to be relaxing, reenergizing and enjoyable.  

     The beginning of a new school year always has a sense of excitement.  It is a time that marks a fresh start, exciting possibilities, and great promise. For our students, it means reconnecting with old friends, meeting new friends and teachers, new learning, discovery, and growth.  We look forward to working with you as we prepare your children for secondary education and the world.

     On Monday, students should report to their first period class. If your student doesn't have access to their online schedule, there will be lots of staff to assist them in getting to the right place. All students will receive a paper copy of their schedule in first period.

     As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me, your student's counselor or their administrator. Our door is always open.

     Wishing all our families a wonderful school year!

A Message from Our Superintendent

The FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand, has a special welcome back message for families. 

Share Your Best First Day of School Photos

FCPS parents, students, and staff members are invited to share their favorite pictures or video from the first day of school on Monday, August 26, on social media using the hashtag #firstdayfairfax. We will share some of the photos on the FCPS Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages. Be sure to tag Justice High School @Justicehswolves.

Transportation to and from School Bus Riders:

FCPS Transportation Services has sent detailed bus route information to parents by phone and email. If your child rides the bus, be sure to check your email or voice mail for a message. Bus route information for your child is also available now by logging into your FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View (Blackboard) account. To see it, click your child’s name in the module titled “Bus Stop Information (Parent).” Here Comes The Bus mobile app will be available starting Monday, August 26th.

Bus Delay Notification System

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Access it directly online. Morning bus route information will be available until noon. The afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

Kiss & Ride

The safety and security of our students and staff is a priority at Justice High School.  This includes the drop-off and pick up of students before and after the school day.  In the continuing effort to maintain and enhance our safe and secure environment, there is a safe and efficient designated Student Drop-off and Pick-up location for your use.  This location is in the rear of the school near the football stadium. It can be accessed by the rear driveway entrance from Peace Valley Lane, between Diamond Dr. and Cheryl Dr. This area is marked by signs indicating “Student Drop-off”. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:50am. The picture below demonstrates the drop-off area. 

Attendance Procedures

Students form important habits early, as they begin to develop responsibility to come to school on time and be prepared and ready to learn. Parents or guardians need to encourage good habits like sleep and eating and study habits so that students are ready to learn. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and other support professionals can help students adjust to routines, learn expectations, and develop academic and social competence.

Virginia requires that all children between the ages of five and eighteen be enrolled in school and attend on a daily basis.  A student who is absent from school for 15 consecutive days or more is withdrawn from school and must officially register again upon his or her return to school.

Parents or guardians should call the attendance line @ (703) 824-3920 before 8:15 AM, to let us know of any tardiness or absence. FCPS will communicate quickly with parents or guardians when a student does not come to school as expected. Parents should receive calls and emails within 30 minutes via an automated attendance calling system. Attendance will be checked daily for period and all-day absences and calls and emails are made at 10 a.m. In addition, attendance is reconciled at 4 p.m. Calls and emails follow at 7 p.m. via an automated attendance system. For more information, please go to our attendance page on the Justice High School Website.

Required Forms for All Students Emergency Care Form

All students must have accurate emergency care information.  Parents update this information through WeCare@School via their SIS ParentVue account. 

  1. Log into your SIS ParentVUE account 
  2. Go to FCPS Links located in the left-hand menu
  3. Go to FCPS 24/7 and Log in using the same username and password as your SIS ParentVUE account
  4. Go to WeCare @ School on the top right of your screen.

If parents are not able to update the Emergency Care Forms through the WeCare system, students will receive a paper copy for parents to update and sign and return to their 3rd period teacher no later than Friday, September 6th.

Health Information Form

The Health Information Form is necessary to inform the Public Health Nurse (PHN) of your child’s health status and to plan for health needs that may impact his/her school day. Students will receive a paper copy of this form through 3rd period classes. Please sign and have you child return to their 3rd period teacher no later than Friday, September 6th.

2019-20 Opt-Out Information and Booklets

The Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms are now available for review. For details regarding parents' rights regarding FCPS policies please visit the FCPS website.  Complete these forms ONLY IF YOU WISH YOUR CHILD TO BE OPTED-OUT.  Forms can be turned into the Main Office.

Family Life Education

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

 

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

 

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

 

Program questions may be addressed by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu.

Free and Reduce Lunch Application

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document. Paper applications are available in the Student Services office. For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

Want to know what’s for lunch? Check out the menu for your child’s school online. 

My School Bucks Account

Parents can use this online payment system to check balances and add money to school cafeteria accounts, to make payments to the school for various school related items and to receive low account balance notifications

Student's Rights and Responsibilities

Review your Student's Rights and Responsibilities. Students will hand-carry a paper SR&R booklet home for a parent/guardian signature at the beginning of the school year. Please be sure to return the parent/student signature page.

Game Day Guidelines

We are excited to kick-off our football season this Thursday the 29th. This is a reminder of our safety guidelines in order to ensure a safe and fun environment.

  • No backpacks unless they are backpack diaper bags and backpacks used for ADA or medical reasons.  Purses and drawstring bags are also permitted.
  • Please remember that all bags will be searched at the gate.
  • Outside drinks/food are not allowed
  • No posters
  • All school rules apply at home and away games
  • Students not in high school need to be accompanied and supervised by an adult

We are looking forward to a great season.

Request to Expunge High School Course Taken in Middle School – Current 9th Grade Students Only

Parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school may request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. For courses completed in 8th grade, parents of current freshmen must make the request no later than the end of the first quarter. Once expunged, a course cannot be reinstated. The Request to Expunge form must be completed to make this request. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to discuss expunging a course. 

Register Now For September Workshops Power Struggles: Knowing When to Walk Away, September 6, 2019 10 a.m.-noon

Attend this important workshop, presented by Michele Tureaud and Lori Kraden, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teachers, to understand characteristics of power struggles. Register

 

Getting Past Procrastination: How to Get Your Kids Organized, Focused, and Motivated...Without Being the Bad Guy, Friday, September 20 2019 10 a.m.-noon

Like any parent, you want your child to succeed. The problem is, otherwise smart and capable kids frequently find themselves stuck in a tumultuous, never-ending struggle with procrastination, motivation, and organization. Register

 

Voices from the IEP Table: Perspectives on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families, Friday, September 27, 2019 10 a.m.-noon

This workshop explores the individual perspectives of IEP meeting participants who work with students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Register

Senior Parent College Planning Info Night

On Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, parents of seniors are invited to hear from college representatives and Student Services staff about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their seniors in the college process.

Job Opportunities at Justice HS

Job Opportunities at Justice HS

We are seeking application for the following full-time positions:

  • Administrative Assistant I (Registrar), Student Services
  • Office Assistant (Transcript Assistant), Student Services

For more information and to apply by the closing date of 08/27/19, visit the FCPS Operational Job Openings website. 

 

We are also seeking applications for a part-time Library Aide. For more information, check out the following link. Interested candidates should email their resume Jason Kagarise .

 

Bands at the Beach September 21, Lake Barcroft, Beach 5

The Justice HS Scholarship Fund will hold its third-annual Bands at the Beach fundraiser on September 21 from 4pm until 7pm.

This fundraiser helps to support scholarships for Justice HS seniors. The event includes a food truck, desserts, beverages, and of course, a variety of bands. Advance tickets are available for purchase online: www.jhsscholars.org/tickets. BONUS: Special price for Justice Pyramid staff and students or just $10/ticket. Questions? Contact JHS Parent and JHS Scholars Board Member, Tara Rethore: tjreth@gmail.com

Important Dates

August 26 - First Day of School

August 30 - September 2 - Labor Day Weekend - Student Holiday

September 12 - Senior Parent College Planning Information Night

September 19 - Back to School Night (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

September 21 - Bands at the Beach Fundraiser

 

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

Quick Links

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Justice Newsletter - August 20, 2019

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"Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in." - Abraham Lincoln

A Note from Principal Eck

 Dear Justice Families,   

    We were so excited to see so many students returning to school last week. We had lots of students attend our 9th grade orientation,  and AVID 9  and IB/Honors prep programs. In addition, many of our rising seniors and recent graduates participated in panel discussions with our new to Justice students.  

     Early laptop distribution continues through August 23rd between 8am and 12pm. Please report to the main office and we will point you in the right direction. If you are not able to come in early, laptops will be distributed through Health and PE classes for 9th and 10th grade students on August 26th or 27th, and through English classes for 11th and 12 grade students on August 28th or 29th. For more information regarding FCPSOn, please click here. This year, there is a $50 technology fee which will be billed through MySchoolBucks. For more information, please visit: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcpson/fcpson-technology-support-fee

     School starts on Monday, August 26th. The first class begins promptly at 8:10 am. Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue on Thursday, August 22 at 6:00 am. Counselors will be available during the Wolfpack Welcome on Thursday, August 22nd to help students access their SIS StudentVue account. On the first day of school, students who do not access their schedule through SIS StudentVue will be directed by school staff to their first period class where all students will receive a hard copy of their schedule.

          Looking forward to a great school year.

Counselor Assignments

Below are the “alpha” counselors and the school counselor caseload assignments for the 2019-20 school year. We are committed to providing you the best possible service to students and families. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s “alpha” assigned counselor. You may also contact Chrissy Spaulding, Director of Student Services, at caspaulding@fcps.edu with any questions or concerns. Our student services direct line is (703) 824-3922. Listed below are the caseload assignments:

  • A-Ba: Shari Winston
  • Bb-De: Carissa Camacho
  • Df-Gue: Richeal Fretwell
  • Guf-La: Nora Covert
  • Lb-Mu: Alysha Damratowski
  • Mv-Ram: Ann Elise Schneider
  • Ran-So: Linda Hardy
  • Sp-Z: Megan Neforos
  • ESOL Level 1: Maurice Hirsh
  • Resource Counselor: Jolana Roberts
Transportation to and from School

Bus Riders: All students are strongly encouraged to take the bus to and from school each day. FCPS Transportation consists of a team of dedicated routing, safety, and administrative specialists combined with a host of drivers and attendants that work together to maintain a high level of service for students and parents.

 

Bus Schedules will be sent directly by FCPS Transportation the week before school begins.  Bus assignments are also found on FCPS 24/7 under "Bus Stop Information." Here Comes The Bus mobile app will be available starting Monday, August 26th.

 

Kiss & Ride: The safety and security of our students and staff is a priority at Justice High School.  This includes the drop-off and pick up of students before and after the school day.  In the continuing effort to maintain and enhance our safe and secure environment, there is a safe and efficient designated Student Drop-off and Pick-up location for your use.  This location is in the rear of the school near the football stadium. It can be accessed by the rear driveway entrance from Peace Valley Lane, between Diamond Dr. and Cheryl Dr. This area is marked by signs indicating “Student Drop-off”. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:50am. The picture below demonstrates the drop-off area. 

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Required Forms for All Students Emergency Care Form

All students must have accurate emergency care information.  Parents update this information through WeCare@School via their SIS ParentVue account. 

  1. Log into your SIS ParentVUE account 
  2. Go to FCPS Links located in the left-hand menu
  3. Go to FCPS 24/7 and Log in using the same username and password as your SIS ParentVUE account
  4. Go to WeCare @ School on the top right of your screen.

If parents are not able to update the Emergency Care Forms through the WeCare system, students will receive a hard copy for parents to update and sign and return to their 3rd period teacher no later than Friday, September 6th.

Health Information Form

The Health Information Form is necessary to inform the Public Health Nurse (PHN) of your child’s health status and to plan for health needs that may impact his/her school day. Students will receive a hard copy of this form through 3rd period classes. Please sign and have you child return to their 3rd period teacher no later than Friday, September 6th.

2019-20 Opt-Out Information and Booklets

The Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms are now available for review. For details regarding parents' rights regarding FCPS policies please visit the FCPS website.  Complete these forms ONLY IF YOU WISH YOUR CHILD TO BE OPTED-OUT.  Forms can be turned into the Main Office.

Family Life Education

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

 

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

 

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

 

Program questions may be addressed by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu.

Free and Reduce Lunch Application

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document. Paper applications are available in the Student Services office. For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

My School Bucks Account

Parents can use this online payment system to check balances and add money to school cafeteria accounts, to make payments to the school for various school related items and to receive low account balance notifications

Student's Rights and Responsibilities

Review your Student's Rights and Responsibilities. Students will hand-carry a paper SR&R booklet home for a parent/guardian signature at the beginning of the school year. Please be sure to return the parent/student signature page.

Senior Parent College Planning Info Night

On Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, parents of seniors are invited to hear from college representatives and Student Services staff about key timelines, procedures, and resources to help support their seniors in the college process.

Save the Date Wolfpack Welcome August 22, 4-6pm

This will be an afternoon to welcome all of our new and returning students. New Students can explore the building and all students can access information about activities and athletics, parking passes (11th & 12th Graders), concessions, music and hangout out with friends.

Bands at the Beach September 21, Lake Barcroft, Beach 5

The Justice HS Scholarship Fund will hold its third-annual Bands at the Beach fundraiser on September 21 from 4pm until 7pm.

This fundraiser helps to support scholarships for Justice HS seniors. The event includes a food truck, desserts, beverages, and of course, a variety of bands.

Important Dates

August 12 -23 - Early Laptop Distribution (8am - Noon)

August 22 - Wolfpack Welcome (4:00 - 6:00 PM)

August 22: Student Schedule available in Parent & Student Vue

August 26 - First Day of School

August 30 - September 2 - Labor Day Weekend - Student Holiday

September 12 - Senior Parent College Planning Information Night

September 19 - Back to School Night (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

September 21 - Bands at the Beach Fundraiser

 

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 - August 2, 2019

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"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude." - Ralph Marston

A Note from Principal Eck

 Dear Justice Families,   

     I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer.  

     Our first day of school is Monday, August 26th. The first class begins promptly at 8:10 am. Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue on Thursday, August 22 at 6:00 am. Counselors will be available during the Wolfpack Welcome on Thursday, August 22nd to help students access their SIS StudentVue account. On the first day of school, students who do not access their schedule through SIS StudentVue should report to the office for assistance.

 

     As most of you know, Justice is a one-to-one school. For the upcoming school year school laptops will be distributed through Health and PE classes for 9th and 10th grade students on August 26th or 27th, depending on their schedule, and through English classes for 11th and 12 grade students on August 28th or 29th depending on schedule.  The distribution process should take no more than 15 minutes out of those class periods.

 

     Last year we offered laptop pick-up during the Wolfpack Welcome, however this year will we not distribute laptops during this event. Instead, if you would like your student to get their computer prior to the start of school, they may come to the school any weekday starting August 12th through August 23rd between 8am and 12pm to pick one up. Please report to the main office and we will point you in the right direction.

 

     Looking forward to a great school year.

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday - This Weekend Annual Virginia Tax Holiday Applies to School Supplies, Clothing Purchases

Families in Virginia will get a sales tax break on clothes and supplies for school when the state holds its annual Virginia tax holiday, August 2-4.

To be eligible for the tax break, school supply items must be priced at $20 or less, and clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less. Clothing includes choir clothing, household and shop aprons, coveralls, gym clothes, lab coats, and uniforms.

Among the eligible school supplies are art and music supplies, calculators, composition books and notebooks, paper, dictionaries, crayons, lunch boxes, pens, pencils, and reference books. 

More information about the Virginia tax holiday, including complete lists of eligible school supplies and clothing items, is available online

 

Save the Dates for Justice HS, 19-20   August 8th Resource Fair

Please join us for the Justice Pyramid Resource Fair on Thursday, August 8th from 1:00-4:00 PM

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Run with the Pack 9th Grade Transition Program 
August 12 or August 13th 8-Noon

Our Rising 9th Grade Transition Program is scheduled for August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Early Laptop Distribution  August 12-23 -- 8am - Noon

Starting August 12th through August 23rd between 8am and Noon, students may come to school to pick up their laptop.  We will also distribute laptops during the first week of school.

Wolfpack Welcome August 22, 4-6pm

This will be an afternoon to welcome all of our new and returning students. New Students can explore the building and all students can access information about activities and athletics, parking passes (11th & 12th Graders), concessions, music and hangout out with friends.

Other Dates to Save: Band at the Beach September 21, Lake Barcroft, Beach 5

The Justice HS Scholarship Fund will hold its third-annual Bands at the Beach fundraiser on September 21 from 4pm until 7pm.

This fundraiser helps to support scholarships for Justice HS seniors. The event includes a food truck, desserts, beverages, and of course, a variety of bands.

Watch the Mail for Your Child’s Official State Test Results

Most students in grades 3-12 take state tests each spring to show their knowledge and skills in the content areas. If your child participated in a Standards of Learning (SOL) test or the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) during the 2018-19 school year, you can expect to receive an FCPS official score report through the U.S. Mail by the end of August.

Resources for understanding test results can be found on the FCPS webpage, including translated copies of score report letters. If you have questions about the mailing, you may call the Office of Student Testing at 571-423-1400 or submit a written inquiry by selecting Contact Us on the FCPS webpage. If you have any questions about your child’s performance Please contact his or her school counselor.

Important Dates

August 8 - Justice Pyramid Fair (1:00 - 4:00 PM)

August 12 or 13 - Rising 9th Grade Transition Program (please see above for more information)

August 12 -23 - Early Laptop Distribution (8am - Noon)

August 22 - Wolfpack Welcome (4:00 - 6:00 PM)

August 22: Student Schedule available in Parent & Student Vue

August 26 - First Day of School

August 30 - September 2 - Labor Day Weekend - Student Holiday

September 19 - Back to School Night (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)]

September 21 - Bands at the Beach Fundraiser

 

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 

Justice Newsletter - June 30, 2019

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A Note From Principal Eck

 

Dear Justice Families,

       We hope that you are enjoying your summer break. We have been very busy at Justice tidying up the building and doing a few paint touch-ups. In addition, our field upgrades are complete. Our school is looking good.

    We are pleased to announce that Justice High School was one of 16 recipients to receive the Virginia 2019 Board of Education's Continuous Improvement Award. Congratulations to our students and staff for making Justice a great place to work and learn. Click here for more information.

      If you have any questions, please feel free to come or call the main office. Our summer hours are from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. We are happy to help.

Summer Assignments

Optional summer assignments have been provided for a handful of classes in order to provide students access to educational material prior to courses beginning in August. Assignments can be found on the Justice HS website here - https://justicehs.fcps.edu/announcements/summer-assignments.

 

Counselor Caseload Changes

As we plan for the coming year, we have a few changes to the Justice HS Student Services staff. Please join us in welcoming school counselors Megan Neforos and Jolana Roberts, who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our Justice HS team. We are also excited to share that we have adjusted our counseling caseloads. We will have eight “alpha” counselors and the school counselor caseload assignments have shifted to accommodate this change. We are committed to providing you the best possible service and the adjusted caseloads will allow counselors to provide more time to their students and families. Students who now have a different counselor due to the adjusted alphabet can be assured that counselors will work together to provide a smooth transition. In the short term, we recognize there will be a transition period. Beginning August 8, 2019, the first day counselors are available, please direct any questions or concerns to your “alpha” assigned counselor based on the new caseload assignments. Please contact Chrissy Spaulding, Director of Student Services, at caspaulding@fcps.edu with any questions. Our student services direct line is (703) 824-3922. Listed below are the new caseload assignments:

  • A-Ba: Shari Winston
  • Bb-De: Carissa Camacho
  • Df-Gue: Richeal Fretwell
  • Guf-La: Nora Covert
  • Lb-Mu: Alysha Damratowski
  • Mv-Ram: Ann Elise Schneider
  • Ran-So: Linda Hardy
  • Sp-Z: Megan Neforos
  • ESOL Level 1: Maurice Hirsh
  • Resource Counselor: Jolana Roberts
Student Services School Connectedness Focus

This year, the Student Services department focused on connecting students to a trusted adult, school activities, and community involvement. Research shows that students who have a trusted adult or feel like they are a member of the school community are more likely to come to school and graduate on time. We are proud to report that 92% of the over 200 students targeted for this goal were able to identify a trusted adult and become involved in either the school or community by the end of year. Throughout the year, counselors met with their identified students individually to help students research activities that fit their interests, connect students with coaches and club sponsors, and build supportive relationships.

 

Academic and Career Plan (ACP) Parent Verification – Rising Juniors (Class of 2021)

This year, your child continued to develop an Academic and Career Plan (ACP) that supports their current work as well as helps them plan for the future. This plan connects to the Fairfax County Public Schools strategic plan, supports Portrait of a Graduate attributes, and is also required by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). VDOE requires that the student’s parent or guardian review this plan. When reviewing the plan with your child, you can coach him or her to make decisions about college and careers that match his or her personal strengths, interests, and goals, recognizing there are multiple pathways to success. Please have your child log into his or her ACP in Family Connection and, or if you have a Blackboard Parent View account, you can log into your account. Together, with your child, once in Naviance, click the “about me” tab and scroll down to “portfolio.” Once you click on the portfolio, you can view all of the work that has been completed by your child. Once you have reviewed your child’s plan, use this link or this Google form to complete the verification form. The completion of this form will serve as your signature. This must be completed by Wednesday, July 10, 2019. For more information about your child’s ACP, visit the ACP website.

 

ACT/SAT Registration Dates

The next ACT registration date is August 16 for the September 14 ACT test. The next SAT registration date is July 26 for the August 24 SAT test. Click here for more ACT Registration Info or here for SAT Registration Info. 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 or visit the College Board SSD website at https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities/request-accommodations and the ACT Accommodations website at http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration/accommodations.html.

Free SAT and ACT Practice Available on Khan Academy and ACT Academy

For students who have taken or plan to take the SAT, official SAT Practice is available on Khan Academy®.  For students who have taken or plan to take the ACT, ACT Academy® is available as a free online learning tool.

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13

Our Rising 9th Grade Transition Program is scheduled for August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Important Dates

August 8 - Justice Pyramid Fair (1:00 - 4:00 PM)

August 12 or 13 - Rising 9th Grade Transition Program (please see above for more information)

August 22 - Wolfpack Welcome (4:00 - 6:00 PM): stay and watch our first scrimmage game against Fairfax High School @ 6:00 PM.

August 26 - First Day of School

August 30 - September 2 - Labor Day Weekend - Student Holiday

September 19 - Back to School Night (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

 

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

 

Quick Links

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