Justice Newsletter - April 26, 2020

"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.


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.


       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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