Justice Newsletter - March 1, 2020

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

Pyramid Art Show

Pyramid Art Show

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

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

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

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

      Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

Black History Assembly

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

Partnering with Bailey's Elementary School

Reading Buddies

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

School Health Services Survey

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

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


Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

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

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

Engaging Students with Choice - Biology Review Day

Science Hands On

Justice HS Forensics Team

Justice foresensics team

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

Math Department Learning Together

Math Department

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

JHS Wins First Place at Black History Trivia Competition

Jack and Jill

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

Click here for more pictures.

Extended Essay process begins for juniors

Dear Parents and Guardians of 2021 Diploma Candidates,

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

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

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

Justice HS International Night

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

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

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


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

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

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



Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm

Friday, March 20 at 7 pm

Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm and 7 pm


General Admission $10

Students / Seniors $8

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


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

Coronavirus Updates

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

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

Registered Apprenticeship and Career Fair

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

GenesysWorks Internship Program - Class of 2021

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

2020 IBMA College Fair

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

CTE Summer Courses

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

FBI 2020 Future Agents in Training Program

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

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

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

Student Graduation Speaker Application

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

Wellness Screening - Class of 2023

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

2020 VA- 10 AcademyDay

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

2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs

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

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

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

College Partnership Program (CPP) Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women's Health Fair


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

Parent Resource Center Upcoming Workshops/You Tube Channel

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

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

Important Dates

March 3 - Student Holiday

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

March 23-27 - IB Art Show

March 26 - International Night 5:30-8 pm

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

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

June 8th  @ 2pm  Eagle Bank Arena - Graduation


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

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