Justice Newsletter - May 3, 2020

"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.

Teacher Appreciation Week


       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.

Be Informed, Stay Involved @ Justice!

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