Justice Newsletter - March 8, 2020

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


A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,    

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

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

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

     Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.


Coronavirus Updates

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

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


Justice Celebrates Women's History Month

WHM

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


Justice High School Orchestra VBODA Pre-Assessment Concert

Orchestra

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


Spread the Word to End the Word

Best Buddies

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


Geosystems Review Day

Geosystems

Plate tectonics test review day was awesome. #geosystemsrocks


Paperless Report Cards

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


Junior Focus Day

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


Extended Essay process begins for juniors

Dear Parents and Guardians of 2021 Diploma Candidates,

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

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

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


Justice HS International Night

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

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


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


Attend a Family Engagement Policy Open Meeting

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

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


midsummer

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

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

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

 

Shows:

Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm

Friday, March 20 at 7 pm

Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm and 7 pm

Tickets:

General Admission $10

Students / Seniors $8

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

 

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


Registered Apprenticeship and Career Fair

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


2020 IBMA College Fair

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


Red Cross VolunTeen Program

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


FBI 2020 Future Agents in Training Program

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


2020 VA- 10 Academy Day

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


College Partnership Program (CPP) Application

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


Casey Schulman Scholarship Information Session

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


College Planning Night

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


National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) College Fairs

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


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

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


Korean Community Outreach Fair

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


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Apprenticeship Application

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


Parent Resource Center Upcoming Workshops/You Tube Channel

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

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

Important Dates

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

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

March 23-27 - IB Art Show

March 26 - International Night 5:30-8 pm

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

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

April 7th- Justice High School Scholarship Fund Application Deadline

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

June 8th  @ 2pm  Eagle Bank Arena - Graduation

 

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


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