Justice Newsletter - February 23, 2020

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

Art Show

Art Show 2

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    


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

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

     Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

Den Time Lesson - SOL Student-Selected Test Decisions

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

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

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

Justice HS District Chorus

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

Celebrating World Languages

Justice Spanish French Club

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

Science Olympiad

science Olympiad

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

Celebrating our Achievements

Attendance RJ

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

Real-World Learning


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

Above Picture

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

Below Picture

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

Justice HS International Night

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

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

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

2019-20 Yearbook Sales


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

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

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

Upcoming Wolfpack Theatre Production

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

Urban Alliance Internship Program - Class of 2021

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

GenesysWorks Internship Program - Class of 2021

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

2020 IBMA College Fair

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

CTE Summer Courses

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

FBI 2020 Future Agents in Training Program

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

Justice High School Scholarship Fund Information Session

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

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

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

Student Graduation Speaker Application

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

College Entrance Testing (SAT/ACT)

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

Wellness Screening - Class of 2023

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

2020 VA- 10 AcademyDay

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

2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs

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

Microsoft Panel: Educating Trailblazers in Technology: The Next Generation

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

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

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

College Partnership Program (CPP) Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parent Resource Center Upcoming Workshops/You Tube Channel

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

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

Important Dates

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

February 25-27 - Pyramid Art Show - Little Theater

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

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

March 3 - Student Holiday

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

March 23-27 - IB Art Show 

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

June 8th  @ 2pm  Eagle Bank Arena - Graduation


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

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