Justice Newsletter - August 9, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

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

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

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

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

Bell Schedule for Virtual Learning

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

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

Required Health Questionnaire

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

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

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

Wolfpack Welcome Save the Date!

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

Laptop Distribution for Freshman and New Students

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

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

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

9th Grade T-Shirt Pickup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Please remember the following:

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

Stay Safe and Healthy

Go Wolves!

Student Services Office Appointments

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

SAT and ACT Testing

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

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

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

State Superintendent Waives Accreditation for the 2021-22 School Year

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

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

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

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

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

Parent Resource Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

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

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

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

Virginia High School League

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

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

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

School Starts September 8th

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

View the revised 2020-21 school year calendar

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

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

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

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

PSTD Summer Sessions

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

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

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

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

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

Student Services Staff Updates

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

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

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

2020 Senior Photos

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

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

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Justice Newsletter - July 5, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

 

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

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

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

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

Summer Learning Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Summer Assignments

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

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Justice Newsletter -June 28, 2020

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

       We are excited to announce the Justice High School was recognized by the Virginia Board of Education as one of 46 Fairfax County public schools for continuous improvement under the board’s exemplar performance school recognition program. Schools recognized for continuous improvement met one of the following four criteria based on performance during 2018-19:

  • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math, and in the pass rate in science;
  • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math for two or more student groups across three years;
  • A decrease in the chronic absenteeism rate for three years; or
  • For schools with a graduating class, an increase in the Graduation and Completion Index and a decrease in the dropout rate for three years.

     To read more about this recognition, click here.

     Last week, FCPS shared the framework for Return to School for the 2020-21 school year. The framework offers families a choice of in-school learning for students with health and social distancing protocols in place or an online, virtual learning option at the family’s request.

     The Justice Pyramid Principals want to offer our families the opportunity to meet with us to discuss the various options for the reopening of schools. We will host two community meetings next week on July 1 @ 7:00 PM and July 2 @ 10 AM. We are sending links to parents through e-Notify. Please be sure to check your email.

     We look forward to seeing everyone soon.      

HBCU Undergraduate Panel Opportunity

The Justice High School Equity Team and FCPS Student Equity Coalition are hosting an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) Undergraduate Panel on Thursday, July 16 at 7 pm-8:30 pm on Google Meets. All FCPS students are invited to attend.

Combating Racism: A Virtual Discussion on Racism in America


To register please go to https://t.co/3OryG8Hapu?amp=1

Summer Learning Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Summer Assignments

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

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Justice Newsletter -June 7, 2020

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“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,      

       This is the last weekly newsletter of the school year and I wanted to make sure I gave a final note of appreciation to all of our students and their families for all of the support, patience and gratitude that you have shown our staff and administrative team. These last three months have been challenging for most of us. I want to thank our teachers for their response to distance learning. Their weekly grids and focus on engagement led to lots of successes for kids. We also learned lots of lessons, and the hope is that if we had to put remote learning in play again in the future, the implementation would be a bit smoother.

       To our senior class, we wish you the very best.  You were such great contributors to our school, and you will not be forgotten. And to our students who are returning to Justice, we can’t wait to see you this fall.

       I hope you all have a wonderful summer. This is an unusual time and we will need to remain connected. I will be sending you updates throughout the summer on important information as it relates to Justice High School. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Senior Diploma Pick up and Photo-Op

Diploma & Photo Op - June 16, 17 or 18: With the school as a backdrop and Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background, a counselor will announce your name as you walk onto a small stage wearing your cap & gown and holding your diploma. A professional photographer will be there to take your picture as you walk across the stage, and again with any family that accompanies you. Check your email for appointment times.

June 15 Underclassmen Pick Up/Drop Off

On Monday, June 15 from 4:00 – 6:00, we will have our final drop-off/pick up day for all underclassmen. Drivers/walkers should report to the Main Door gyms for curbside service; car riders are asked to display a sign with the student’s complete last name and first name. Masks are required.

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

Note: If you do not return these items, they will result in an unpaid obligations fee that you will need to pay.

  • Pick-up Items:
    • Items that we retrieved from your locker (Note: If you do not remember the number and combination of your PE locker, we will keep those items until the school reopens.)
    • Yearbooks (pre-paid)
    • Winter & spring athletic awards

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Lally, Assistant Principal, at clally@fcps.edu.

ACT/SAT

Schools are continuing to hold off on scheduling ACT and SAT exams until further guidance is provided. We have closed the July 18 ACT test date and ACT will be reaching out to any students who were scheduled to reassign them to another location.

Student Tech Support

In order to support students who are taking summer school courses, students who are experiencing tech issues may continue to complete the Student Needs Form (students must be logged in to their fcpsschools.net account). As our first priority is to limit the risk of COVID-19 contamination and spread, students will be scheduled for an appointment time.

Requesting a Refund for my Student's Meal Account

Meal account refunds can be requested by emailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu.

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

On June 30 of each year, balances for all graduating seniors will no longer report in MySchoolBucks.  Food and Nutrition Services will have access to balance files and if parents have not requested a transfer or refund by this date, they may still do so up to one year (to June 30 of the following  year) using the above methods. Parents are required to log into www.MySchoolBucks.com and from the homepage dashboard and click “Remove Student." Click the box under “Remove?” for the graduating student’s name.

Free/Reduced Letters

During our current school closing, many families are requesting Free/Reduced letters to assist them with receiving additional benefits available to them. When these requests are made from families, the following step should be taken:

  • Parents/guardians in need of a copy of their child’s Free and Reduced Meals Eligibility Notification Letter may request a replacement document by contacting the Office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) at: fcpsmealsaps@fcps.edu or 703-813-4800.

Food and Nutrition Services continues to accept and process applications for free and reduced-price meals.  Electronic applications are accessible via:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals; and, paper copies are available at all FCPS emergency meals distribution sites (including bus stops). 

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Justice Newsletter -June 7, 2020

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“My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small and that you never need to carry more than you can hold.”– Rascal Flatts

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

       As we approach our final week of school, our teachers and students are putting their finishing touches on final learning opportunities and planning their virtual goodbyes.  It was fun to see many of our seniors during cap and gown pickup and items drop-off, and we are all looking forward to their Graduation Photo Op on June 16th – 18th.

      Recently, we sent out a survey to our underclassmen asking for feedback on their distance learning experiences. Students can access the survey by clicking on this link . Students must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account. We hope to gather data to help us reflect on and refine our distance learning strategies.

       Last week you received a letter from our Justice Pyramid Principals. I am grateful for the many conversations I had with community members, Justice staff and other educators throughout FCPS this past week about racism. These are conversations that will continue. We must be steadfast in our responsibility to each other, our students and community, and society to challenge and oppose hate and racism. 

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

Summer School - Continuity of Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31. Students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Site(s) will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and will be live by June 24. The Mathematics site will focus on practice of essential mathematics content. The Language Arts site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities. A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 - 11. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. High school English Learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will mailed an Algebra preparation focused math packet. Students with disabilities accessing the Adapted Curriculum will receive four packets mailed to families in July to support their learning. 

 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Mathematics, Language Arts, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. Attendance is optional. The office hours schedule will be posted on the Justice HS website. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete the Justice HS Continuity of Learning Registration - Summer 2020. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session. 

The Verdict Final Issue: A Salute to Our 2020 Seniors

The final issue of The Verdict is now online! Click here to read the final farewell from our editor-in-chief, messages to our graduates, and stories from the rest of our student writers. Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported the student journalism program this past year. We appreciate everything you do! 

Senior Transcripts

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

Senior Virtual Graduation and Celebration

Graduation Celebration & Photo Op - June 16, 17 or 18: With the school as a backdrop and Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background, a counselor will announce your name as you walk onto a small stage wearing your cap & gown and holding your diploma. A professional photographer will be there to take your picture as you walk across the stage, and again with any family that accompanies you. An email has already been sent to seniors with appointment times. We will send a reminder email later this week.

Virtual Celebration Photos Due June 12: The virtual celebration will be compiled by our partners, Marching Orders and Stage Clips. Seniors were sent an email on 5/25 with the subject line “Graduation” with a link to MarchingOrder.com to complete their slide.  They were also sent a reminder email this morning with the same link. 

Seniors must upload their information by Friday, June 12. If a senior prefers that we use their yearbook photo, they must indicate their wishes to participate, by filling out this form from their FCPS account by Friday, June 12 in order to be included in the virtual celebration. If a student does not wish to participate in the virtual celebration, please email Jason Kagarise (JMKagarise@fcps.edu) by June 22, 2020.

Expanded Immigrant Eligiblity for VA In-State Tuition Final Grades

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

Academic Career Plan

Your student has been working all year on his or her Academic and Career Plan (ACP) in Naviance Student. During this period of distance learning, we encourage you to use Naviance Student with your child to explore college and career options.  

Your child’s plan includes:

  • results of the strengths and career surveys
  • goals
  • Resume Builder
  • draft course plans for high school 

You and your student can view the ACP in Naviance Student by either logging into your Blackboard Parent View account or by having your student log into his or her Blackboard account and then clicking on Naviance Student. Once in the Naviance Student account, click on the “about me” tab, scroll down, and click “portfolio.” Once you have reviewed your child’s plan, use this link: https://forms.gle/oMhktB9QugD2ui289  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, 2020. For more information about your child’s ACP, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning/ or the ACP website.

Requesting a Refund for my Student's Meal Account

Meal account refunds can be requested by emailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu.

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

On June 30 of each year, balances for all graduating seniors will no longer report in MySchoolBucks.  Food and Nutrition Services will have access to balance files and if parents have not requested a transfer or refund by this date, they may still do so up to one year (to June 30 of the following  year) using the above methods. Parents are required to log into www.MySchoolBucks.com and from the homepage dashboard and click “Remove Student." Click the box under “Remove?” for the graduating student’s name.

Free/Reduced Letters

During our current school closing, many families are requesting Free/Reduced letters to assist them with receiving additional benefits available to them. When these requests are made from families, the following step should be taken:

  • Parents/guardians in need of a copy of their child’s Free and Reduced Meals Eligibility Notification Letter may request a replacement document by contacting the Office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) at: fcpsmealsaps@fcps.edu or 703-813-4800.

Food and Nutrition Services continues to accept and process applications for free and reduced-price meals.  Electronic applications are accessible via:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals; and, paper copies are available at all FCPS emergency meals distribution sites (including bus stops). 

Athletic Awards Pick Up

Spring Team awards will be available for curbside pickup based on the below schedule.  In addition, Varsity Sports Awards and Winter Awards that were not distributed will also be available. Please note – 3 Season Letter Awards have been delayed by the vendor and will not be available at this time. Once they arrive, we will be in contact.

 

9th, 10th, 11th Graders – Wednesday, June 10th – 2-3:30pm

Seniors – will be available for pick up during your scheduled time on 6/16-18

Varsity Sports Awards

Miss our LIVE premiere of the 2020 Virtual Varsity Sports Awards? No worries… the awards presentation is available for viewing here-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5tDKCn9BQg .

Interested in a fall sport?

Fall 2020 information

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

Fall Interest Google Form

 

Start Dates

July 30th - Golf

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

 

Coaches Contact Information

Cross Country - Ron Kronlage - rkronlage@fcps.edu 

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

Field Hockey - Stefanie Vestal - slvestal@fcps.edu 

Football - Greg Weisbecker - gpweisbecker@fcps.edu 

Golf - Ryan Kenna - rhkenna@fcps.edu 

Volleyball - Sharon Ponton - sponton@fcps.edu 

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Justice Pyramid Message - June 2, 2020

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Justice Pyramid Message

Dear Justice Pyramid Families,

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

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

Here are a few resources for families on these topics:

 

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

Respectfully,

Maria Eck, Justice High School

Katie Madigan, Glasgow Middle School

Julie Easa, Bailey’s Primary Elementary

Marie Lemmon, Bailey’s Upper Elementary

Karim Daugherty, Beech Tree Elementary

Cecilia Vanderhye, Belvedere Elementary

Cindi Choate, Glen Forest Elementary

Rebecca Forgy, Parklawn Elementary

Maureen Lopez, Sleepy Hollow Elementary

 

Additional Resources:

 

Books for parents teaching young children:

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

 

Books to for teenagers and adults to read:

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

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

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

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

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

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings byMaya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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

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

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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

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

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

 

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Justice Newsletter - May 31, 2020

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

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

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

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

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

Convocation

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

Senior Virtual Graduation and Celebration

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

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

Senior Transcripts

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

Final Grades

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

Course Verification

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

Intention for Next School Year Form

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

Underclassmen materials pick-up/drop-off

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Interested in a fall sport?

Fall 2020 information

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

Fall Interest Google Form

 

Start Dates

July 30th - Golf

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

 

Coaches Contact Information

Cross Country - Ron Kronlage - rkronlage@fcps.edu 

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

Field Hockey - Stefanie Vestal - slvestal@fcps.edu 

Football - Greg Weisbecker - gpweisbecker@fcps.edu 

Golf - Ryan Kenna - rhkenna@fcps.edu 

Volleyball - Sharon Ponton - sponton@fcps.edu 

Summer School

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

Student Services Weekly Programming

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

Scholarship Opportunity - Class of 2021

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

NOVA FAFSA Week Recordings

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

Upcoming Parent Programming from NOVA

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

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

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

Parent Resource Center (PRC)

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

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Justice Newsletter - May 25, 2020

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

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

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

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

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

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

Underclassmen materials pick-up/drop-off

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

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

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

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

Class of 2020 Updates

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

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

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

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

  • Photo Op 
  • Diploma Pick Up

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

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

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

Summer School

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

Student Services Weekly Programming

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

Scholarship Opportunity - Class of 2021

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

A Note from Our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

Junior Parent Coffee Recording

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

Parent Resource Center (PRC)

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

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Justice Newsletter - May 17, 2020

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

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

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

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

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

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

Underclassmen materials pick-up/drop-off

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

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

 

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

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

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

Class of 2020 Updates

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Learning

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

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

Student Services Weekly Programming

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

Address Changes

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

Class of 2020 Senior Survey

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

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

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

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

 

Junior Parent Coffee

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

Course Verification

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

A Note from Our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

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

Get Your 2020 Yearbook Today!

 

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

Parent Resource Center (PRC)

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

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Justice Newsletter - May 10, 2020

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

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

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

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

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

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

8th Period Yoga Class

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

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

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

     Please email Lisa Gunther with any questions.  

Student Services Weekly Programming

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

Virtual Honor Roll

We will be holding a virtual 3rd quarter honor roll celebration for “All A” student recipients on Friday, May 15th at 2:00 pm. A link to the Blackboard Collaborate session will be sent to the student recipient’s fcpsschools.net email address 24 hours before the event. We ask that students and parents view the program on one device per household. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend the live virtual session. For more information, contact your child’s counselor.

Colleges Still Accepting Applications

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

G Suite Information for Seniors

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

FCPS AP and IB Updates

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

 

AP Exams

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

Junior Parent Coffee

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

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

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

NOVA Webinar For Parents: Preparing High School Graduates For College

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

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

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

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Course Verification

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

Last Day of Academy Courses

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

 

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

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

Summer Learning

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

Parent Resource Center (PRC)

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

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

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

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

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

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

 

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

8th Period Yoga Class

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

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

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

     Please email Lisa Gunther with any questions.  

Class Meetings

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

Senior Meeting

Junior Meeting

Sophomore Meeting

Freshman Meeting

Student Services Weekly Programming

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

Justice students selected as finalists for countywide Shark Tank design contest

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

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

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

Intention for Next School Year Form

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

IBMA Virtual College Fair

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

Junior Parent Coffee

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

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

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

College Planning Night Follow Up

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

Course Verification

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

Urban Alliance Internship - Current Sophomores/Rising Juniors

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

Urban Alliance Internship - Current Juniors/Rising Seniors

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

Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission

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

Class of 2020 Senior Survey

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

Community Service Hours - Last Call for Senior Hours!

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

Parent Workshops

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

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

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

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Justice Newsletter - April 26, 2020

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

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

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

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

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

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

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

Class of 2020 Updates

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

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

Student Services Weekly Programming

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

#celebrateyourplan

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

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

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

Class of 2020 Senior Survey

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

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

Community Service Hours Senior Deadline

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

Junior Parent Coffee

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

Congratulations to Justice GirlUp Club

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

Reimbursements/Refunds

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

 

Field Trip Refund Request Process

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

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

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

Parent  Refund Letter:

Refund Request

Parent Response to Risky Student Behavior

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

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

Parent Workshops

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

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

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

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

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